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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

West Nile Virus Prevention

Although WNV is not contagious, it is always better to protect yourself and take some precautions against it. There are some things you can do and here are a few hints and tips to minimize the risk.

The main thing is to prevent mosquito bites when you intend to spend some time outdoors and in order to do so it is highly recommended to use insect repellent with an EPA-registered active ingredient such as DEET or Picaridin in it.

These products can be used for adults and children over 2 months. The best protection for infants younger then 2 months is well-fitted, tight mosquito netting over the baby-carrier or stroller.

Wear apparel that covers up most of your skin, such as long sleeved shirts and pants, and ensure your windows and doors have good screens on them. Mosquitoes find excellent breeding grounds in standing water. Therefore it is wise to empty bird baths, flower pots, children's pools, buckets, and barrels.

Outdoor gear like tents, clothes, etc., can be treated with a special repellent which contains permethrin and although most mosquitoes are active at dusk and dawn, there are some to watch out for during daytime. Sunscreen doesn't keep those away; be sure to use insect repellent after applying your sunscreen.

Should you get WNV anyway then know there is no particular cure for it. In severe cases you may need to be treated in the hospital, milder symptoms will eventually disappear on their own, but that can take several months and you may still experience tremors, fatigue or even a dysfunction in motor skills afterwards.

No, that is not something to look forward to, but even then the hope of a full recovery is still real and present which makes it bearable and is very encouraging. That pertains to everything in life and it is good to know that there is always hope in, with and through God!

1 Peter 1:3
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,"


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