Beware of EEE and West Nile virus with recent flooding waters

By WKTV News

WIth recent flooding conditions, the Herkimer County Public Health Department is urging residents that mosquitoes can be more than just a nuisance. They can affect people with serious sometimes deadly diseases.

They're urging residents to use an effective repellent like DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.

Also, wear long pants and long sleeves.

When inside, keep doors closed and make sure window screens are in place.

People are encouraged to take matters into their own hands to eliminate standing water around their properties.

Dispose of used tires, tin cans, and plastic containers that can collect water.

Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are kept outdoors.

Make sure roof gutters drain properly.

Turn over plastic pools and wheel barrels.

Clean vegetation and debris from the edge of ponds.

Clean and chlorinate swimming pools.

Symptoms of West Nile virus are headache, body aches, skin rash and swollen limp glands. A severe infection would also have symptoms like tremors, disorientation, convulsions, even paralysis or coma.

EEE is a viral disease also spread by mosquitoes. It affects people and horses. The range of symptoms goes from none at all, to seizures, coma, and even death.

Call the health department with any questions at (315) 867-1176.

West Nile, and Easter Equine Encephalitis

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