The City of Jersey Village has confirmed the death of an 81-year-old female resident from the West Nile virus.
Since the virus is spread by infected mosquitoes, Jersey Village will increase spraying for mosquitoes from two times a week to three times a week.
West Nile is a mosquito-borne virus. There are two forms of the illness, West Nile neuroinvasive disease (WNND) and West Nile fever (WN fever).
The symptoms of severe infection from WNND include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. WN fever is the milder form of the illness.
Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, and occasionally a skin rash on the trunk of the body and swollen lymph glands.
The easiest and best way to avoid West Nile Virus is to prevent mosquito bites. We have experienced an abundance of rainfall this year and consequently, standing water is an issue.
When you are outdoors, use insect repellent containing the active ingredient DEET and follow label directions. Do not use DEET on infants. Many mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. Reduce mosquito breeding by ensuring that yard waste does not enter the storm sewer system. Dispose of mulch or bag lawn clippings and keep lawn sprinklers on the lawn and off the street. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors or consider staying indoors. Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
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