You’ve heard for West Nile Virus, but what about Chikungunya?

texas-mosquitoWest Nile Virus, Chickungunya, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis are mosquito borne diseases here in the United States. In fact, 2 of these viruses (West Nile and Chikungunya) have had cases here in Texas this year.

Wes Nile Virus.  Some people contract this disease but don’t even show any signs or symptoms.  Only one in five infected will develop symptoms such as a head/body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash, fever, and fewer will experience meningitis, which can be deadly.  Symptoms can take up to two weeks to show up and last for weeks.

Chikungunya Virus.  You will probably develop symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle or joint pain, or a rash within a week of contracting the virus.  Quicker than West Nile Virus!  You will however, usually feel better in a week.  This virus is rarely fatal.

EEE Virus. (Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus) This virus can cause fever, chills, and body aches in less than week after the mosquito bite.  Some people end up developing an encephalitic form of the disease which can cause headache, convulsions, and coma.  About 1/3 of those infected with EE could die.

Protect Yourself.  Since there are no vaccines for these viruses, its recommended that you follow the below tips for mosquito-proofing yourself, home, and surroundings.

  • Use insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin or IR3535. Some oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol products also provide protection.
  • Wear long sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors and avoid outdoor activities between dusk and dawn -– peak mosquito biting hours.
  • Mosquito-proof your home with screens and regularly remove standing water from birdbaths, gutters, old tires, pool covers and pet water dishes.

For more Chikungunya resources please visit the CDC website.

To learn more about protecting yourself and your family from potentially hazardous mosquito bites contact Accurate Pest Control in the Austin, Central Texas at  (512) 267-0812 or fill out our easy contact form.


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