Sunday, October 22, 2017

Health

The City of Vicksburg has information to assist in keeping you healthy.

If you find a dead bird, you should report the "sighting" to your local health department. Report the dead bird if the bird is found between mid-April and the end of October and appears to have died of natural causes. Your local health department will inform the Department of Public Health with this information.

If the West Nile virus is suspected as a cause of high fatality in birds, especially crows, a sample of birds will be collected to test for the West Nile virus and other possible causes.

There is no evidence that a person can get the virus from handling live or dead infected birds. However, avoid handling any dead animals including dead birds without protective gear. Use gloves or double plastic bags to place the carcass in a garbage can.

For more information about this disease, or to report a dead animal, please call the City of Vicksburg Animal Control Department at (601) 636-6982., Monday-Friday, 7:00 through 3:30 p.m. or the Action Line, at (601) 636-3411.
Scourge is applied at very low concentration rates and it is unlikely that humans will experience any health-related problems as a result of contact with Scourge. The effects of exposure to any chemical depends on the period of time a person is exposed to the chemical and the amount of chemical the person has been exposed to through skin contact, ingestion or inhalation. A person's age, sex, life style and their health may also determine any health effects that may occur. Children are at a greater risk of experiencing adverse effects because they may have potential for greater exposure.

Scourge is not very toxic and short-term contact causes minimum skin or eye irritation. Some people are more sensitive to chemicals including those found in Scourge. These people could experience short-term, reversible side effects such as eye, skin, nose or throat irritation and/or breathing problems. Resmethrin, a component of Scourge, is the man-made version of pyrethroid pesticides. Short-term exposure to very high levels of pyrethroid can affect the central nervous system potentially causing incoordination, tremors, or tingling and numbness in areas of skin contact.

If you suspect you or anyone you know has experienced adverse effects as a result of Scourge, please contact the City of Vicksburg Mosquito Control Department located at 1080 Army-Navy Dr., between 6:30 AM and 3:00 PM Monday through Friday, call them at (601) 634-4538 or call the Action Line at (601) 636-3411.
The following precautions are recommended by the EPA and will reduce possible exposure to pesticides during mosquito control spraying. Be aware of spraying times by looking for notices in the newspapers and listening for announcements on the television and radio. Remain indoors whenever possible with windows closed and window-unit air conditioning turned off when spraying is taking place. Do not let children play near or behind truck-mounted applicators when they are in use. If you are chemically sensitive or suspect spraying may aggravate a pre-existing health condition, you should consult your physician and take additional measure to avoid exposure to the pesticides. Avoid direct contact with surfaces that are still wet from pesticide spraying. All surfaces should be dry in approximately one hour.

For more information, contact the City of Vicksburg Mosquito Control Department located at 1080 Army-Navy Dr., between 6:30 AM and 3:00 PM Monday through Friday, call them at (601) 634-4538 or call the Action Line at (601) 636-3411.
The West Nile virus, commonly found in Africa, West Asia and the Middle East, has emerged in recent years in temperate regions of Europe and North America. This virus has presented public health threat to the humans as well as pets, including the horse population.

The West Nile virus causes encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, that is transmitted by a mosquito that is infected with the West Nile virus. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. After an incubation period of 10 - 14 days, mosquitoes can infect humans and animals with the West Nile virus. The virus is carried by the mosquito and is transmitted to people and pets, where it can multiply and cause illness.

Usually less than 1 out of 500 mosquitoes are infected in areas where mosquitoes carry the virus. If bitten by an infected mosquito, your chances of becoming infected are roughly 1 in 300.

There is no evidence of person-to-person, animal-to-person or animal-to-animal transmission of the virus. Although there is no evidence of animal-person transmission of the virus, you should avoid handling dead animals without protective gloves.

All residents of areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of getting West Nile encephalitis; persons greater than 50 years of age have the highest risk of severe disease.

For further information, contact the City of Vicksurg Mosquito Control Department located at 1080 Army-Navy Dr., between 6:30 AM and 3:00 PM Monday through Friday, call them at (601) 634-4538 or call the Action Line at (601) 636-3411.
Here are a few precautions you can follow to reduce the risk of becoming infected with the West Nile virus. Stay indoors at dawn, dusk, and during the early evening. Make sure all doors and window screens are tight fitting and in good condition. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever you are outdoors. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials.

Apply insect repellent sparingly in accordance with the product directions. Repellents can irritate the eyes and mouth, so avoid applying repellent to the hands of children. Spray clothing with repellents containing permethrin or DEET because mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing. DEET is the most widely used insect repellant in the country. DEET in concentrations of 10% to 35% provides adequate protection. Concentrations greater than 35% provides no additional protection

For further information, contact the City of Vicksburg Mosquito Control Department located at 1080 Army-Navy Dr., between 6:30 AM and 3:00 PM Monday through Friday, call them at (601) 634-4538 or call the Action Line at (601) 636-3411.

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