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    For a safer Fourth of July, Take Control - Stop West Nile Virus

    Contact:Sr. Public Information Officer; 817-321-5306, cell: 817-401-5967


    For a safer Fourth of July, Take Control - Stop West Nile Virus


    (Tarrant County, Texas) . Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) reminds residents to take steps to help stop West Nile Virus (WNV), especially if they have plans to be outdoors for celebrations during the Fourth of July.

    TCPH suggests taking these actions:

    Know your risk for West Nile. While people of any age can be infected, individuals 50 and older are at a higher risk for severe disease and should take extra care in using protective clothing and repellent while outdoors during dusk and dawn.

    Dress properly and use repellent. When you, your family and friends are outdoors, especially during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants. Spray lighter clothing with an EPA-approved insect repellent for added protection.

    You may need to reapply repellent. If you are going to be outdoors for an extended period, you may need to reapply repellent for continued protection. Read the label on your repellent for further instructions.

    Check for potential mosquito breeding sites. Regularly check for and drain and dump any standing water on your property, including water that may have collected in empty cans, tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters and saucers under potted plants. Mosquitoes that spread WNV can breed in as little as a tablespoon of stagnant water.

    Keep mosquitoes out of your house. If your home has door or window screens, ensure that they are in good repair to help keep mosquitoes from getting indoors.

    Understand the signs and symptoms of West Nile. Up to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile will have no symptoms. Mild symptoms of West Nile infection can include headache, fever, muscle and joint aches, nausea and fatigue. These symptoms may last for several weeks. Severe symptoms of the infection can also include neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. There is no specific treatment for West Nile. Should you develop any of these symptoms within days after being bitten by a mosquito, see your doctor.

    For more information about WNV, go to the Take Control - Stop West Nile Virus page on our Web site.




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