WASHINGTON — The 2014 West Nile virus season is underway in the D.C. region, and mosquitoes carrying the virus have been detected in Woodbridge, Virginia.
Prince William County’s Mosquito Control Program has “performed intensive treatment in the vicinity of the positive mosquito pools to kill adult and larval mosquitoes,” according to a news release from the Virginia Department of Health.
Area health officials want homeowners also to take steps to eradicate mosquitoes.
Recommendations include from mosquito control website, Mosquito World, include:
Remove standing water from items such as plant dishes, clogged rain gutters, and anything that can hold water more than a few days.
Fill in low-lying areas in the yard that might collect water.
Rake leaves. An overturned leaf can hold enough water to hatch mosquito eggs.
Chlorinate or clean birdbaths and wading pools every three to five days.
Wear long sleeve shirts, long pants and socks while outside.
Limit time outdoors between dusk and dawn when the type of mosquitos that carry West Nile Virus bite.
Most people sick with West Nile virus don’t experience symptoms. It can, however, make people feel as though they have the flu.
People 50 and older are at the greatest risk of getting seriously sick with West Nile Virus-related encephalitis that causes inflammation of the brain, or meningitis that causes inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord.