Canadian County Health Department officials are warning residents about a resurgence of West Nile Virus. This warning needs to be taken seriously by Central Oklahoma residents. I have a friend whose adult son has been hospitalized for a week now with West Nile Virus Encephalitis they first thought he had Viral Meningitis.
Symptoms of WNV include sudden onset of fever, headache, dizziness and muscle weakness. Long term complications can include difficulty concentrating, migraine headaches, extreme muscle weakness and even paralysis.
West Nile Virus is spread through the bite of the Culex mosquito which are a problem mosquito starting in July. The Health department wants to remind everyone to use insect repellent when outdoors and mosquito proof your home and yard.
Here are some tips for around the house to prevent mosquitoes.
Repair or install screens to keep mosquitoes from getting in the house.
Prevent items such as buckets, cans, pool covers, flower pots, and tires from holding standing water.
Empty and refill your pets outdoor water bowl daily same for bird bathes.
Clean leaves and debris from rain gutters regularly to ensure they are not clogged.
Use repellent containing DEET on exposed skin.