WEST Nile Virus (WNV) is one of several mosquito-borne viruses
in the United States that can infect people. The virus exists in nature primarily through a transmission
cycle involving certain species of mosquitoes and birds.
Mosquitoes become infected with WNV when they feed on WNV infected
West Nile virus has emerged in the 1990s in temperate regions of Europe and North
America and was introduced into New York City in 1999. The virus has moved westward from New York to California
and in 2003 was documented in 46 states.
Most people (about 80 percent) that are infected with WNV by the bite of an
infected mosquito will have no symptoms and will not know they have been infected. Approximately 20 percent of
the people that are infected may experience a range of flu-like
symptoms which may include fever, headache, weakness, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches and
pains, rash and in some cases diarrhea and sore throat.
Less than 1 percent of people that are infected with WNV by the bite of an infected mosquito will develop
severe illness. Persons over 50 years of age are at highest risk of
developing the most severe form of the disease and persons over the age of 70 with other health problems are at
greatest risk for death.
As with any disease, the public should respond appropriately with increased
awareness of WNV and focus on personal preventive measures.
How To Protect
Yourself From West Nile Virus
Individuals can significantly reduce their chances of acquiring West Nile virus
by taking very basic precautions which include personal protective measures such as wearing insect repellents
when in mosquito habitats and wearing long pants and sleeves that
will provide a physical barrier against mosquito bites.
Since immature mosquitoes require stagnant water for
- Inspect your yard and neighborhood for any stagnant water that may collect in
a variety of containers from bottle caps to abandoned swimming pools.
- Eliminate unwanted containers (tires, trash) or turn containers over as to
not collect water (wheelbarrows, kiddie pools) and properly maintain wanted water sources such as bird baths,
Being an angler, I use ThermaCell
Mosquito Repellent whether I am on the bank or in the
I must have some sweet blood because if there is a mosquito in the
area they find me.
Night fishing is not far off and there will be all kinds of fishermen
out, and do not forget those mosquitos are out at daylight and
The Midsouth has received its share of rain and the Mississippi is out of its
bank creating water puddles everywhere that will breed mosquitos.
This is something not to laugh about. Back yard BBQs which I do a lot in the
Spring, Summer, Fall are prime feeding grounds for the mosquito. I have two ThermaCell
Mosquito Repellent Outdoor LED Lantern on my patio and a large 3 acre bug
zapper for the back yard.
Don't forget the
pets; they can not tell you that they have been bitten or feeling
I have been with ThermaCell for the past three years
and I swear by their product, every angler that goes with
me when I fish at night always ask
where are the Mosquitos?
That they have not
been bitten once, and it is great when you can sit out in
the back yard and not have to worry about Mosquitos.
My property backs up to the woods, which make a prime place to get attacked by
them little blood suckers.
You can get ThermaCell from the link and image links here on my web site. Or you
can go to ThermaCell and tell them Basshogfishing.com sent you. I promise you that this is one product you will
thank me for telling you about it.
Keep The Hooks Wet and the Bugs OFF