The West Nile virus has been one of the main concerns for both health authorities and residents of the United States all summer long. Several fatal cases were reported, as well as animal infected with the disease. Authorities in Grayson County, where the virus made a victim this summer, think that there are other solutions against the West Nile virus, except spraying.
Mosquitoes spreading the disease are extremely active during August and September. This is why officials believe that a mixture of methods fighting the spreading of the virus is their best bet against the disease. They apply surveillance and source reduction.
Monitoring the mosquitoes helps authorities track populations and ask communities to strengthen their prevention measures. Officials also advised people to make sure they get rid of standing water in their backyards and gardens. These places could attract mosquitoes and also boost their reproduction rates, hence helping the spreading.
Spraying against the insects can also turn out to be quite expensive for some cities. This is why methods such as those stated above come more in handy for dealing with mosquitoes. Educating the residents about means of protection is also one of the solutions proposed by authorities. Posters with useful information spread around the cities let residents know how to fight the mosquitoes.
On the other hand, officials also argue that spraying for mosquitoes which carry the West Nile virus can also have side effects. The pesticides could kill not only the harmful mosquitoes but other insects which are not harmful at all, like bees. A similar incident happened in South Carolina when spraying against Zika-carrier mosquitoes led to the decimation of large groups of honeybees.
Recently, new cases of West Nile virus have been reported in La Plata County, Colorado. Here, one person and two horses were diagnosed with the disease. However, the patient recovered, according to official sources. As far as the horses are concerned, veterinarians advise people to keep their animals inside early in the morning and in the evening, as these are the times when mosquitoes are extremely active.
Doctors suggest that people should also use repellent in order to protect themselves against mosquitoes. One of the summer recommendations was that, despite the heat, people should wear clothes covering as much as possible of their bodies. Unfortunately, there are no proper vaccines against this virus. However, few of the cases turn out to be lethal.
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