Posted: Sep 7, 2012 12:15 PM by Lauren Molenburg
El Paso County Health (EPCH) just confirmed its first case of West Nile virus. EPCH said this person developed West Nile symptoms in late August and has been hospitalized.
"It's important that people take action to protect themselves from potentially serious illness associated with West Nile virus. Individuals who cannot avoid being outside during dawn and dusk need to take greater precautions to prevent mosquito bites," said Dr. Letson, medical director at the El Paso County Public Health.
Other preventative measure should include:
Wear insect repellent with DEET, dress in pants and long sleeves outdoors when possible, drain standing water outside in tires, flower pots and the like, and treat standing water such as small ponds and livestock tanks with microbial larvicide "doughnuts," which can be purchased in hardware stores.
It is also important to recognize symptoms early because severe --albeit rare-- cases of West Nile virus can lead to disability and death.
Symptoms of West Nile virus include: fever, headache, body aches, neck stiffness, skin rash and muscle weakness. El Paso County Health also urges people who experience severe headaches or confusion to seek medical attention immediately.