ND - West Nile Virus
Doug Barrett | Aug 24, 2017 AT 1:34 pm
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) announced today the state’s first West Nile virus-related death in 2017. The individual was a woman who resided in central North Dakota and was older than 60 years of age. She had underlying medical conditions and died while hospitalized.
· Use insect repellents containing ingredients registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – such as DEET, picaridin, or IR3535. Always follow the directions on the manufacturer’s label for safe and effective use. Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than two months old.
· If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and EPA-registered insect repellent second.
· When possible, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and socks while outside.
· Treat items, such as boots, pants, socks, and tents, with permethrin or buy permethrin-treated clothing and gear.
· Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most likely to bite.
· Eliminate stagnant water and leaf debris in containers around homes where mosquitoes can lay their eggs (e.g., gutters, buckets, flowerpots, old tires, wading pools and birdbaths).
· Keep mosquitoes from entering your home by installing and maintaining screens in windows and doors.
· Keep the grass around your home trimmed.