West Nile Virus Information for Boy Scout Service Project

West Nile Virus was first recognized in the United States in 1999. It was the cause of severe and fatal illness in New York City. It is commonly found in Africa, West and Central Asia, and the Middle East. It has since spread throughout most states in the continental United States.

West Nile Virus is transmitted by infected mosquitoes. A mosquito becomes infected by feeding on a wild bird that has WNV in its blood. The virus develops inside the mosquito�s body. The mosquito then transmits the virus in its saliva when it bites a second person or animal.

Symptoms of West Nile Virus include: fever, headache, body aches, rash (generally but not always), swollen lymph glands, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, paralysis, and rarely death.

You can help protect yourself and others by:

  • Eliminating any standing water in your yard, neighborhood or business property (i.e. dispose of old cans, tires, buckets);
  • empty children�s toys such as buckets, wagons, and wading pools;
  • clean out bird baths, wheelbarrows, clogged roof drains and gutters;
  • avoid over watering lawns and gardens; and dump horse troughs weekly.
  • Stay indoors whenever possible (especially between dusk and dawn).
  • When outdoors wear light colored, loose fitting clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
  • Apply repellents containing �Deet� or �Picaridin�(check label for proper applications).
  • Repair holes in window and door screens.

Please contact the South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District, (801) 255-4651, if you have any questions dealing with mosquitoes or West Nile Virus. Also, view our Web site at www.soslvmosquito.org.

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