The Health and Human Services Directorate released three confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. Faced with this situation, a series of preventive measures have been issued for residents.
Eduardo Olivarez, Director of Health and Human Services, announced three confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States; two of the cases come from Mercedes and the other from Welasco. It should be noted that this virus is considered the main disease transmitted by mosquitoes in the United States. In 2012 he faced one of the most catastrophic scenarios when 286 people died from this virus, a year later another 114 died.
It is important to mention that for this disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes, there is no vaccine or any treatment, however, most people who get it do not present a single symptoms. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, only one in five people develops a symptom such as fever, and one in 150 people can develop serious symptoms that could even lead to death.
Due to the recent confirmation of these three cases of West Nile Virus , the Directorate of Health and Human Services released a series of preventive measures for the residents of Hidalgo County.
Avoid mosquito bites. Use repellants that contain DEET, picaridin, IR3553 and some products that contain oil of lemon eucalyptus or p-menthane-diol. Wear long-sleeved shirts when outdoors, long pants, and socks.
Mosquito-proof home. Install screens on windows and doors. Frequently empty any container with stagnant water such as flowerpots, buckets, swimming pools, among other things.
What is the West Nile virus?
The West Nile virus is considered an infectious disease which was first registered in the United States in 1999. According to specialists, infected mosquitoes spread the virus that later cause the disease.
The symptoms of this disease usually vary a little, such as body aches, headache, skin rash, lymph nodes, among others. It should be noted that people who contract the virus do not usually have any strong problems, however if it reaches the brain it can be fatal, since there is an inflammation in the organ called encephalitis.
Unfortunately there is no vaccine or treatment for the disease, and as in other viruses the result can be worse when a person with a weak immune system is infected, therefore the best way to avoid a West Nile virus infection is to avoid the mosquito bite.