West Nile Worries Where You Live

(Memphis) It’s one of Memphis’ biggest draws, the mighty Mississippi.

Water enthusiasts like Bobby Benson make frequent trips to the river to take in the view, but he often has the company of lots of mosquitoes, “Sun goes down and the mosquitoes come out pretty bad. You know?”

Whether you are lounging, exercising or living close to any water, take precaution.

Water is breeding ground for mosquitoes, and this year more mosquitoes are spreading West Nile.

“I haven’t been bit by a mosquito at all today, so it wouldn’t be on my mind,” says Weston Rogers of Mud Island.

The drought may have you thinking that mosquitoes aren’t a problem.

¬†News Channel 3’s Todd Demers says while we haven’t had significant rain fall,¬† there can be other sources of problems, “There might be a bird bath or something like that. Change the water out there. Also for the animals that are outside, you have your dog bowls outside. It’s recommended you change your water every day or so because you don’t want to let that water stand and mosquitoes start breeding and cause problems in your area.”

Four out of five people who get bitten by mosquitoes with West Nile have no symptoms.

In more severe cases, symptoms can include disorientation, coma, and paralysis.

Madelyn Brown is afraid to come out of her Whitehaven home because of what is next door, a neglected outdoor pool full of weeds, trash and often standing water, “The water stands in the pool. You have mosquitoes and stagnant water.”

With more West Nile cases popping up everyday, everyone needs to take real precautions.

Some tips to remember when it comes to protecting yourself, wear long sleeve clothing if you are going to be outside in the evenings and get a good insect repellent that has DEET.


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