There have been a number of cases of West Nile Virus in humans this year. Although there is a very effective vaccine for horses, there is no immunization for people. Our County Environmental Office released these measures to protect against contracting the virus. So many of us spend much of our time outdoors with our animals that I thought this might be helpful.
—– Subject: A Message from Bernalillo County’s Environmental Health Office
Aug. 30, 2012
Good afternoon community leaders,
Bernalillo County’s Environmental Health Office would like to remind the community about some simple precautions to help prevent the spread of West Nile virus.
West Nile virus is carried by infected mosquitoes. Most cases appear during August and September, state officials report.
Detailed information about this issue can be accessed via the New Mexico Department of Health
The state Department of Health has also issued the following precautions:
To protect against West Nile:
• Use insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing when you go outdoors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using insect repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 for use on skin, and permethrin for use on clothing. Always follow label directions when using insect repellents.
• When weather permits, wear protective clothing such as loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks.
• The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for mosquitoes. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing or avoid outdoor activities during these times.
• Eliminate water-holding containers where mosquitoes lay their eggs, such as old tires. Regularly change the water in birdbaths, wading pools and pet water bowls. Make sure rain barrels are tightly screened.
• Keep windows and doors closed if not screened. If you leave your house doors or windows open, make sure they have screens that fit tightly and have no holes.
Thank you. Please call Bernalillo County’s Environmental Health Office at 505.314.0310 for more information.