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West Nile Virus in Eugene

Written by Anand E. Holtham-Keathley, RN, BSN

 

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On August 18, 2016 the Register-Guard reported that a bird with West Nile Virus (WNV) was found in

Eugene. According to the article WNV is a seasonal virus arising in the summer and continuing into

fall until the temperatures are consistently below 50 degrees, which has not happened yet this

fall. Oregon Health Authority has a FAQ on WNV, which you can find here.

http://public.health.oregon.gov/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/WESTNILEVIRUS/Pages/wnvprevent.aspx

 

Some highlights include:

  • WNV is spread by mosquitoes.
  • WNV is NOT spread through casual contact such as touching or kissing a person with the virus.
  • Most people (about 80%) who are infected with WNV will show no symptoms.
  • Most infections are mild and flu-like with a fever, but less that 1% can become severe and may cause encephalitis (a brain infection) and rarely, death.
  • If you develop symptoms of severe WNV illness such as severe headaches and confusion, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Eliminate standing water.

 

 

Mosquito-proof your home with these steps

 

 

  • At least once or twice a week (more is better) eliminate water from flower pots, pet food and water dishes, bird baths, swimming poll covers, buckets, barrels and cans.
  • Clean clogged rain gutters.
  • Remove discarded tires and other items that can collect water.
  • Look for containers in hard to find places like behind bushes or under your home.
  • Apply mosquito repellent to skin and clothes. The CDC recommends products that contain DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus (Repel).
  • Weather permitting wear long-sleeve shirts and pants.
  • If you are outdoors with an infant place mosquito netting over the carrier.
  • Mosquitoes are out most at dawn, dusk and early evening so if possible plan on being indoors at those times.
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors.



These mosquito prevention steps will help protect you and your loved ones from WNV and other mosquito borne illnesses.

 

 

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