Thursday, 13 September 2012 14:18
No reported human cases have been received in Barren County.
West Nile Virus is a potentially serious illness and has been established as a seasonal epidemic in North America that flares up in the summer and continues into the fall. The easiest and best way to avoid WNV is to prevent mosquito bites. When you are outdoors, use insect repellents containing an EPA-registered insect repellent. Many mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants at these times or consider staying indoors during these hours. Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out, and get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets, and barrels. Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out. Keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren’t being used.
WNV is most often spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread WNV to humans and other animals when they bite. WNV is not spread through casual contact such as touching or kissing a person with the virus.
Barren County officials continue to work with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture in an effort to spray for mosquitoes. Mosquito control will not get rid of every last mosquito, but when you also use repellents, you can markedly reduce your changes of getting bitten.