Our mosquito season just ramped up from nuisance to possible health hazard with reports from the Grimes St. Joseph Health Center of a few local animals testing positive for the west nile virus.
St. Joes’ Debbie Griffith gives Navasota News a heads-up on the symptoms you need to be looking for.
Griffith says severe symptoms can involve high fever, headaches, disorientation, weakness, tremors or neck-stiffness. And if you experience them, you need to see your doctor or even the ER.
But due to the range of severity, she cautions, unless you experience severe symptoms, you may not need medical attention at all.
Much like its range of symptoms, Griffith says the after-effects of west nile can also range from simple fevers, all the way to death. So you need to protect yourself and your family with insect repellent containing DEET or even oil of eucalyptus products, especially near standing bodies of water and after the massive rains and flooding the county experienced there is no shortage of that.