MYTHS ABOUT WEST NILE
Myth #1: There's not much I can do about West Nile virus.
Truth: There is a lot that you can do to reduce your chance infection.
Prime mosquito-biting hours are usually dusk to dawn.
Pay special attention to protection during these hours,
or avoid being outdoors.
Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so check your yard once a week.
*Make sure window and door screens are in good condition.
Myth #2: Kids are at the most danger of getting sick from WNV
Truth: People over 50 are at the highest risk for developing severe West
*Relatively few children have been reported with
severe West Nile Virus
*By contrast, most of the deaths
to WNV during 2002 were among people over 50
years old. Half of those deaths were among people over 77 years old.
*It is always a good idea for children to avoid mosquito bites, but it's also important for
adults - especially older adults - to take steps to avoid mosquito bites
Myth #3: Only people who are already in poor health have to
worry about West Nile virus.
Truth: Healthy, active
older adults who spend time working and exercising
outdoors have been affected by severe West Nile virus infection.
There is a risk of getting mosquito bites while leading an active life outdoors