Mosquitoes from Lincoln County might have West Nile Virus inside of them, health officials from The Vanderburgh County Health Department announce.
After they tested mosquitoes from about 13 pools in the area, they officially made a statement in order to prevent transmission of the virus to humans. Consequently, decisions have been made to spray the area between Harriet Street, Tennessee, North Garvin and Franklin Streets in Evansville between 8 p.m and midnight.
There is no specific treatment for the infection, once a human being is carrying it. If you are infected with the West Nile virus, you might develop fever, headaches, body pains, even diarrhea or vomiting sensations. Apparently 1 in 5 persons who contact the virus develop some symptoms and less than 1 % can further develop brain complications that might be fatal. The virus is only transmitted through mosquito bites, not from individual to individual, so you chances of being infected decrease significantly.
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As we previously reported, if you had previously developed an infection, you are further immunized and you will not develop it a second time. A general recovery after the infection is complete, no longtime consequences affect you, but you might feel weak for several weeks or even months after you fully recover.
There are several precautions you can take in order to prevent being bitten be an infected mosquito: use some repellant spray or moisturizing creams; dress in light colored clothes an preferably cover yourself as much as you can; search for products containing DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, which are powerful ingredients working against mosquitoes, but be aware not to do any damage to children, because they are intolerant to several of these ingredients; do all you can to avoid accumulation of standing water, for example in pools, small vessels, flowerpots or clogged gutters; try to avoid being outdoors at dusk and dawn, since mosquito activity is most likely intense during those time intervals; repair all your windows and doors and install protective screens that lets the air flow through them. If you happen to have recycling containers around your house, try to make some holes in them in order to let them breathe. According to Kota News, the peak season for West Nile Virus activity happens between August and September, so a special attention should be carried out around this period.