First Med Urgent Care Warns Against Mosquitos
Monday was the first day of spring which means warmer weather is on its way, but also the possibility of mosquitos coming around increases. Today, First Med Urgent Care is providing some tips for fighting off mosquitos.
First, you may wonder why the need to eliminate the possibility for mosquitos is so great? The truth is that mosquito-borne diseases such as the West Nile virus is still a threat to Oklahomans.
Mosquito-borne diseases are often transmitted to people through a bite from an infected mosquito, but they can also spread by a mosquito biting an already infected person and spreading it to the next bite victim. Sexual contact with an infected person can also cause mosquito-borne diseases to spread.
This is why it is highly important to attempt to keep mosquitos away! There are number of things that can be done to keep your body, clothing, and home free from mosquitos. Here is a list compiled by our urgent care staff to help you:
- Use repellent sprays with DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE or PMD). Check the label of insect repellents in stores to make sure one of these important ingredients is listed. Make sure the spray is safe to go on skin and if it is utilize it on exposed skin as well as clothing.
- Try wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.
- Avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitos are most active.
- Drain standing water on your property to prevent mosquitos from laying eggs in it.
- Get rid of garbage that holds water.
- Change water daily in birdbaths and pet water bowls.
- Clean out clogged rain gutters and repair leaky outdoor plumbing fixtures.
- Don’t dump grass or other yard waste into storm drains or drainage channels.
- Store boats with a cover over them or upside down.
If you should be one to catch West Nile virus it’s important to note that there are no medications or vaccines to treat or prevent it. Fortunately, most people infected with it will have no symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.
That being said, our urgent care staff recommends you take precautions as that’s the best prevention available at this time.