This year, 2012 has seen the most cases, at least 3,200 since the virus was discovered over a decade ago, including over one hundred thirty deaths. This outbreak is occurring despite the fact that most of the United States has been in record drought conditions. With the dry weather one would have thought that the mosquito population would be low because of lack of standing water for breeding conditions. Officials state the risk is of contracting the disease is low but there is still a risk.
You also would have thought that with the mounting cases of the disease I would be taking better safety measures to protect myself. Somehow when I am here in the United States I tend to be a bit careless in my precautions. I am casually lax despite the fact that there is obviously a risk of insect borne disease here in the United States too.
When I travel overseas to countries where there is a known risk of malaria, dengue fever or Japanese encephalitis I always take the recommended precautions. When recommended I take prophylaxis medication, generally Doxycycline and a sufficient amount of DEET insect repellent. I also take Permethrin treated clothing. You can buy the specially treated bug repellent clothing or treat your own clothes with the highly effective insect repellent. I also make sure I wear long loose fitting protective clothing and limit my time outside during peak times of the day. I refrain from fragrances that may attract the pesky insects and I take Vitamin B and I have had my Yellow Fever vaccination.
Along with the above precautions I also pack small citronella coils and mosquito netting for our bed. If I can take all of these precautions overseas why don't I do it at home?
Do you take precautions or think about West Nile Virus when you are outside during the summer months?