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Drain sources of standing water around your home each week so mosquitoes don't grow. While no human or animal infections have been detected, officials are warning residents to use precautions, including the use of insect repellant, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers to keep mosquitoes from biting.
Helicopter-based spraying was conducted in the same area early past year, reducing the mosquito population temporarily, but "they have gone back up", according to the district. Instead, people must "fight the bite" to help prevent infection.
Reducing the amount of time spent outdoors during peak mosquito hours, between dusk and dawn.
Installing or repairing window screens. Owners should also speak with their veterinarian about mosquito repellents approved for use in animals and vaccinations to prevent WNV and EEE.
"Repellent works well when you dress in long sleeves and trousers".
Symptoms of the West Nile virus occur three to 15 days after infection from a mosquito bite and some people may not have any symptoms at all, Frankovich said. To track the virus in the Pacific Northwest or get additional information, visit the DOH website at https://www.doh.wa.gov/DataandStatisticalReports/DiseasesandChronicConditions/WestNileVirus. Mosquitoes become infected by biting infected birds. Among the 1 in 5 individuals who develop illness, they will generally experience mild symptoms that may include: headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or a rash. However, serious illness that involves the nervous system, such as encephalitis and meningitis, and death are also possible. Anyone with symptoms is encouraged to contact their health care provider.
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