The Premiere Website For Police News In Texas

          


 

Galveston County Health Officials Urges Precautions during West Nile Season
Galveston County Health District
   
 
More Today's News:
ߦ   The Police News Back Then - August 2006
ߦ   Assistant U.S. Attorney P.J. Meitl Named Prosecutor of the Yearby Texas Narcotic Officers Association
ߦ   BACODA Coalition Honored with Resolution
ߦ   Calling All College Students Interested in a Career at the FBI!
ߦ   Calls For Service 08.18.2016 to 08.24.2016
ߦ   City Manager's Update - Aug. 26, 2016
ߦ   Crime Stoppers Alert - Aggravated Sexual Assault Of A Child - MUG SHOT
ߦ   DA's office dismisses 90 cases, examining dozens more
ߦ   Enroll Now! La Marque Police Dept. Citizen Police Academy
ߦ   Fort Worth Firefighter Indicted by Tarrant County Grand Jury
ߦ   Galveston County Commissioners Court Agenda - Aug 30
ߦ   Hundreds mourn loss of deputy Darren Goforth, a year after his murder
ߦ   Investigation Into Santa Fe Man's Death
ߦ   League City Paws & Claws Adopt-a-thon
ߦ   Louisiana Office Hit, Killed During Traffic Stop
ߦ   Man accused in Spring family massacre will face death penalty
ߦ   Manhunt Continues For Travis County Killer - MUG SHOT
ߦ   Montgomery County Constable, Pct 4 - Weekly Arrests Blotter
ߦ   Newest batch of Texas game warden field notes don't fail to entertain
ߦ   Sheriff’s deputies closes illegal game room - PHOTO
ߦ   Special Crime Alert ! - Theft, Kroger Employee Assault - PHOTOS
ߦ   Tennessee police officer shot and killed while responding to domestic disturbance
ߦ   Texas Honor Ride - Stand By Me - Sept 17
ߦ   Texas man charged after wife's head is found in freezer
ߦ   Two San Antonio Men Charged With Bank Robbery
ߦ   U.S. Marshals Announcements and News Releases
ߦ   Employment
ߦ   Police News - Calendar of Events
ߦ   Austin police bust three who may be linked to K2 sales
ߦ   Beaumont mother of 5 missing
ߦ   'Black Widow' convicted in 1985 slaying featured on national TV
ߦ   Dramatic video footage of flooded Houston streets from 1935 look all too familiar
ߦ   Family of father killed in crash sues off-duty officer involved, strip club
ߦ   Federal Judge in Voter ID Case Unwilling to Wait
ߦ   Have You Seen This Child?
ߦ   HFD needs more revenue, fire stations, ambulances, report says
ߦ   High speed chase from College Station to Houston ends with occupants captured
ߦ   In Quoting Profanity, Some Judges Give a F#%&. Others Don’t
ߦ   'Making a Murderer:' Steven Avery's lawyer files motion for new DNA tests
ߦ   Man accused in Spring family massacre will face death penalty

   Next >>
 
Search Archives:

Press Release 



June 3, 2014


GCHD Urges Precautions during West Nile Season


Galveston County and Cities –  Recent rains may provide breeding grounds for mosquitoes which has Galveston County Health District officials reminding everyone that it is also Wes Nile virus (WNV) season. While WNV can be detected all year long it is most prevalent in the warmer summer months. 


“During this time of year when we tend to spend more time enjoying the outdoors, we must remember to protect ourselves and our loved ones,” said Dr. Mark Guidry, Galveston County Health Authority.  “There are easy steps we can all take to help keep our families healthy and safe.”  


Humans can contract West Nile virus from a mosquito bite.  Infected mosquitoes get the virus from feeding on infected birds and mammals.  


Because West Nile virus is now part of our environment, residents are encouraged to help eliminate mosquito breeding sites and prevent mosquito-borne diseases.  Some of the things that can be done include: 


Use an EPA-approved insect repellant every time you go outside and follow the instructions on the label.  EPA-approved repellants are those that contain DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and certain oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products.
 
Regularly drain standing water, including water collected in empty cans, tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters and saucers under potted plants.  Mosquitoes that spread West Nile virus breed in stagnant water. 
Wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. 

Use air conditioning or make sure there are screens on all doors and windows to keep mosquitoes from entering the home. 

The virus can cause mild to serious illness, and in some cases death.  Symptoms of the milder form of illness, West Nile fever, can include headache, fever, muscle and joint aches, nausea and fatigue.  People with West Nile fever typically recover on their own, although symptoms may last for several weeks. 


Symptoms of the more serious form of illness, West Nile neuroinvasive disease, can include those of West Nile fever plus neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. Up to 80 percent of people infected with the virus will have no symptoms.


There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent West Nile virus infection. People over 50 years old and those with other health issues are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill or dying when they become infected with the virus. If people have symptoms and suspect West Nile virus infection, they should contact their healthcare provider.


There are no confirmed human cases of West Nile virus so far this year in Galveston County.  There were no local cases reported in 2013, but there were 183 reported in the state, including 14 deaths. 


Dr. Guidry says, “Our message is still the same.  Be aware of West Nile virus and take precautions to avoid exposure to mosquitoes.” 


For more information the public is encouraged to visit the CDC web site at:  www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/ or call Galveston County Health District Epidemiology Services at (409) 938- 2322.  

Post a comment
Name/Nickname:
(required)
Email Address: (must be a valid address)
(will not be published or shared)
Comments: (plain text only)
Printer Friendly Format  Printer Friendly Format    Send to a Friend  Send to a Friend    RSS Feed  RSS Feed
  Facebook   Share link on Twitter Tweet  


© 1999-2016 The Police News. All rights reserved.