The West Nile Virus was first discovered in Uganda’s West Nile district in 1937. The virus is transmitted to humans via a mosquito bite, from mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds. In the United States, the first reports of infection started to occur in 1999.1 The means through which the virus has traveled to the States is relatively unknown, though there are several possible theories. Today, West Nile season is a regular occurrence.
Prevalence of the West Nile Virus
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, 89 people were killed by the West Nile Virus in 2012 in Texas alone.2 The summer of 2012 was especially hot and rainy, providing ample breeding ground for mosquitoes. Rest assured, there has not been a steady increase in occurrences of debilitating West Nile infection.
For some unknown reason, the symptoms of West Nile have become more severe since entering the States. The worst cases develop encephalitis (infection in the brain); 10% of these cases end in death. Take extra care with children, the elderly, and individuals with weak immune systems, as they are most susceptible to a serious infection. Look for flu-like symptoms. These symptoms can worsen in severity and can last anywhere from 3 days to several weeks.
Mosquito Misting Systems
The most consistent and effective way to keep your home safe from mosquitoes is to have a mosquito misting system installed around your home. The systems we provide include adjustable spray nozzles and tubing that is discreetly placed around your home. You can program your system to spray a fine mist around dusk and dawn, which are peak hours for mosquitoes. Insect repellant is not nearly as effective, as there are too many variables to determine efficacy of a product, such as body temperature, perspiration, active ingredients, and frequency of application.
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