Tips for avoiding mosquito bites and protecting yourself against West Nile: AHS

Tips for avoiding mosquito bites and protecting yourself against West Nile: AHS

If someone is bit by a mosquito which is carrying the West Nile virus, they can either develop West Nile non-neurological syndrome or West Nile neurological syndrome.

There have been no cases so far of West Nile or Eastern Equine Encephalitis - which are considered more unsafe; however those tend to appear more towards August and September.

Symptoms of non-neurological syndrome can be uncomfortable, including fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, skin rash, swollen glands and headache. Symptoms of the neurological syndrome can include tremors, drowsiness, confusion, swallowing problems, high fever, unconsciousness, paralysis and even death.

Folks older than 50 or with weakened immune techniques are extra weak to the virus and extra prone to undergo mind and spinal twine infections if contaminated.

Mosquitoes, beyond irritating people with bites that itch, transmit the West Nile virus.

West Nile is is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States.

Mosquitoes spread West Nile to humans, but they aren't the originators of the virus.

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Use an approved insect repellent containing picaridin, DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for children under 3), or products that contain the active ingredient IR3535.

Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep mosquitoes out.

Johnny Diloné of Maricopa County Environmental Services said wetter weather has given mosquitoes additional breeding grounds and allowed birds to remain in the area longer than usual. Fix or replace screens that have tears or holes.

"We also encourage everyone to remove any standing water that may harbor mosquitoes or call 311 for standing water they can not manage themselves", Barbot added.

Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs.

For more information about West Nile virus, or to report standing water, visit or call 311.