Protecting yourself against West Nile; one S.C person dies from the virus

Protecting yourself against West Nile; one S.C person dies from the virus

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - As we expect more rain this week, more mosquitoes are sure to follow. In Anderson County, South Carolina one person recently died from the states first case of West Nile Virus.

When it comes to the West Nile Virus 80% of people don't show symptoms after a bite. And right now, there are no vaccines or medications to treat or prevent the disease .
Here are 5 D's you need to remember that will help reduce your chances of getting West Nile.

  • Dusk/Dawn, the mosquitoes that carry West nile are more active during dusk and dawn so limit your outdoor activities at that time.
  • Deet, make sure you are using an insect repellent with Deet. It's the most effective to keeping the mosquitoes away. It's Unscented because remember mosquitoes are attracted to sweet smells.
  • Drain, make sure you don't have any standing water on your property. pools of water are great places for mosquitoes to breed.
  • Dress, when you can.. wear loose fitting clothes or long sleeves to reduce the amount of skin exposed.
  • Doors, make sure you doors and windows are tightly sealed to keep mosquitoes out of the house.

South Carolina DHEC says the symptoms of West Nile are flu like.

It takes a couple months after the bite for a person to start seeing any symptoms.
"Body aches, joint pains, vomiting,or rash. And a lot of time that just resolves on its own so people may not even know that it's West Nile virus. Less than one percent of people who are infected develop those serious complications, which is inflammation and swelling of the brain," says Dr. Teresa Foo.

If you have been bitten and feel any sickness the tests for West Nile can be taken at your primary doctor or at any local health department.

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