Williston, ND (KEYZ) Williston Vector Control will continue aerial and ground adulticide treatments the week of August 8-15 in Williston, Carolville, Ray, Grenora and Watford City. The North Dakota Department of Health reports a dramatic increase in the number of West Nile virus cases statewide, two of which are are now confirmed in Williams County. Jenny Galbraith, epidemiologist with the Health Department, tells news radio that although there has been a 14 percent increase in the total number of cases in just one week’s time, there is no cause for alarm; however, people do need to continue to be mindful of protecting themselves from mosquitoes and their bites:
“It’s important to remember that when you are going outside to make sure you are wearing mosquito repellent, try to wear long sleeves and pants. Try to limit your time outdoors between the hours of dusk and dawn when mosquitos are most active,” says Galbraith. Additionally, Galbraith stresses that homeowners need to do their part as well in eliminating places where mosquitoes can breed by keeping lawns mowed and eliminating all pools of standing water.
If you do get bitten by mosquitoes, the news is not all gloom and doom as most people, according to Galbraith, who do contract the West Nile virus don’t experience symptoms, and only 1 in 5 people will experience symptoms that are not life threatening:
“Less serious systems like headaches, body aches, joint pain, maybe vomiting and diarrhea that kind of thing. Only one percent of the people develop serious symptoms like neurological symptoms, severe headaches, high fevers, stiff neck, disorientation that can actually lead to coma or death,” says Galbraith.
The bottom line: do all that you can to protect yourself from mosquito bites and eliminate any sources of potential breeding opportunities around your home.