The battle against mosquitoes
By Senior Airman Jordan Broadway, 82nd AMDS Public Health Flight
/ Published August 10, 2016
SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
The Wichita Falls Health Department has confirmed
their first positive result of West Nile Virus in mosquitoes. The mosquitoes were caught through the health
department’s routine surveillance this month.
It is essential for military personnel, dependents and the surrounding
community to protect themselves from this disease.
West Nile Virus is transmitted through bites of an
infected mosquito. Symptoms associated
with West Nile include headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, body aches and skin
rash. Only 20 percent of people with West Nile
actually show symptoms. Although there
is no vaccine currently available, treatment is centered on over-the-counter
pain relievers, drinking plenty of fluids and rest.
Each and every individual should take the initiative
when it comes to winning this battle against mosquitoes. We can all mitigate the risk of becoming
infected by simply following these proper precautions:
- DEET - use it all day, every
day. Always wear repellant when outdoors and choose products that contain at
least 25% DEET.
- Drain and remove standing water
in and around your home, yard and neighborhood. Old tires, flowerpots and
clogged rain gutters are excellent areas for mosquitoes to breed.
- Seal holes in
doors, windows and screens to keep them out of your homes.
82d AMDS Public Health Flight, PAE Entomology and Wichita Falls Health
Department are working closely together to mitigate all mosquito-borne disease
within our area. For more information on West Nile Virus, contact the 82d AMDS
Public Health Flight at 676-1874/3052 or visit the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention’s website at: http://www.cdc.gov/westnile.