A Reminder About West Nile Virus

Posted on January 8, 2014 – 12:22 am
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Gina Marks, Coatesville DOES | 07/20/2013

West Nile Virus season officially began some weeks ago, but with the record-breaking rainfall followed by staggering heat, the conditions are more than perfect to post a reminder about precautions.

West Nile Virus (WNV) – first identified in Uganda in 1937 – is a mosquito-borne disease (though can also be found in birds). Approximately 80% of infections in humans cause no symptoms. In cases where symptoms do occur, the incubation period is from 2 to 15 days, and may include fever, headaches, fatigue, nausea, malaise, vomiting, anorexia, myalgias, and rash. Less than 1% of the cases are severe, and can result in neurological disease. The elderly and very young, and those with either conditional or medically-induced immunosupression, are most susceptible.

The best prevention has been determined to be municipal and individual efforts to reduce the mosquito population in their communities.

The Chester County Health Department encourages residents to take the following precautions to reduce mosquito breeding on their property:

• Dispose of open containers that may collect water, such as tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, etc.

• Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers so that water will not collect.

• Keep your property clear of old tires.

• Clean roof gutters, particularly if leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug drains.

• Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.

Source: www.coatesvilledoes.com

The life explained

2004-06-17 21:55:27 by fabbri

A sour green organ. Inside.
Red pink organ. Outside.
The life explained,
makes full sense.
The dock that floats,
amazed me as a child.
I'd swim out to this and jump
off it. For an instant I would
fly and crash to my cry.
The pine green around me,
my youthful fine skin,
glowed in a turtle's free
life. The fallen tree, made the sun
spot for their rest,
always to be.
Frog gone crazy in the plastic jug.
I made the big fish list.
I'd walk down a dirt road,
I miss it. I'll always love it.
11/96

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