Brandermill resident contracts West Nile virus

Posted August 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM, Filed Under: Front Page, Village Mill

MosquitoThe wife of a 63-year-old Brandermill resident says he has tested positive for the West Nile virus, a mosquito-transmitted disease that is sweeping the nation. Two other human cases of the virus in Virginia have been reported.

An avid gardener, who doesn't use insect repellent, developed flu-like symptoms: fever, rash, and a debilitating headache. He was admitted to St. Francis Medical Center for tests and received the positive diagnosis for the virus. After three days in the hospital for treatment, he is now recuperating at home. He and his wife want neighbors to be aware of precautions to take in order to prevent becoming infected with the virus.

Most people bitten by an infected mosquito do not become ill. However, people older than 50 are at a greater risk of serious illness.

Take Precautions

  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites by wearing long, loose and light-colored clothing.
  • Wear an insect repellant with DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  • Remove anything in the yard that can hold more than two tablespoons of water, which can become a breeding site for mosquitoes.
  • Inspect your yard for standing water in buckets, flower pot basins, toys, trash cans, recycling containers, tarps on woodpiles, wading pools, old tires, gutters, etc.
  • Check birdbaths, bed liners of trucks, bases of deck umbrellas, and the grease trap under a grill.
  • Look for items under bushes, under decks or in the shade.
  • Use a leaf blower to blow accumulated water out of the basins of heavy flowerpots or fill the basins with sand.
  • Look for large cavities in trees in your yard where rain might accumulate, and fill the cavity with sand.
  • Replace corrugated pipes sitting on the ground with smooth ones.
  • Treat containers and corrugated plastic drainpipes connected to downspouts with mosquito larvicide.
  • Consider hiring a pest control contractor to provide a barrier application.
  • For more information about the West Nile virus and approved insect repellants, please visit the Centers for Disease Control website at http://www.cdc.gov.