Fight the Bite
West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne illness. Up to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile will have no symptoms and will recover on their own. However, some cases can cause serious illness or death.
Fight The Bite encourages public awareness of the four Ds:
- Dawn and Dusk are the times to try to stay indoors since mosquitoes are most active at those times
- Dress in long sleeves and pants when outdoors
- Drain standing water in flower pots, pet dishes, or clogged gutters so mosquitoes cannot lay eggs
- Defend using an EPA-approved insect repellant
People over 50 and those with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of becoming ill if they become infected with the virus. In 2012, the Williamson County Cities and Health District reported 12 confirmed West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease cases, including one confirmed death. No West Nile cases were reported in Williamson County in 2013.
For information and updates on the West Nile Virus and mosquito control efforts in Williamson County, visit the WCCHD website. For more information the state’s response to the West Nile virus, go to the Texas Department of State Health Services website.
Posted: Wednesday, July 09, 2014