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- Applying insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon-eucalyptus or IR3535 when outdoors and use as directed on the product label. Apply repellant over top of sunscreen, and reapply every four to six hours.
- Minimizing outside activity between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, though it is important to note that mosquitoes that transmit chikungunya are active throughout the day.
- Wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes when outdoors.
- Eliminating areas of standing water around the home including clogged gutters, birdbaths, flower pots, tires and kiddie pools or untreated pools. Mosquitoes need only half an inch of water to breed.
- Screening windows and doors, and patching torn screens.
Several West Nile Infected Mosquitoes Have Been Found In Three More States
Many Americans may be reluctant to face the fact that mosquito-borne diseases remain a threat to public health in the country. This reluctance is due to the relatively disease-free summer that the vast majority of Americans have been enjoying so far this year. However, it would be wise to keep the recent Zika outbreaks fresh in your mind, as disease-carrying mosquitoes have been discovered in three more states this year. Just recently, the states of Oklahoma, Connecticut and Utah have reported the presence of west Nile carrying mosquitoes. Luckily, no cases of the disease have been reported among people living in these states.
Just a few days ago, Davis County officials announced that they had captured several local mosquitoes that had been carrying the west Nile virus. This is the third county in Utah to announce a presence of west Nile-infected mosquitoes after Box Elder and Uintah Counties earlier this week. Luckily, no victims of west Nile have been reported in Utah. The lack of victims may not be do to luck, as the Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District has been working all summer long to monitor mosquito activity within the state. This aggressive mosquito control campaign, has, so far, been a success within the state. The district has also been spending considerable amounts of time conducting research in order to determine which particular eradication approach is most sensible. Both biological and chemical eradication methods have been considered in the state. According to the districts assistant manager, Gregg White, mosquitoes can rapidly develop a resistance to insecticides, which makes constant monitoring and experimentation with different chemicals a necessity. White also claimed that he personally prefers biological mosquito control methods as the first line of defense against mosquitoes. So far, the preferred method of biological control involves releasing mosquito-hungry fish into waterways that are populated with larvae.
Do you believe that west Nile-carrying mosquitoes will be found in a majority of American states by the time the fall season arrives?
There exists many urban legends concerning Egyption mummies. Any rationally thinking person would never lend credence to legends about supernatural mummy curses. The most famous urban legend of this sort concerns the momentous occasion in which King Tut was unearthed by British researchers. Some of you may know that a few researchers who were involved with this discovery died “mysteriously.” The death of the expedition’s financial backer, George Herbert, or Lord Carnarvon, as he is more famously known, is the most notable death; and it was this death that prompted rumors of “the mummy’s curse.” However, researchers believe that Lord Carnarvon succumbed to complications arising from a mosquito bite, and not so much from a “curse.”
The British archeologist, Howard Carter, discovered King Tut’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings near the Nile River in 1922. This discovery quickly became a media sensation, which surely helped to fuel the later rumors about the alleged curse. Carter never would have discovered the tomb had it not been for his financial backer, Lord Carnarvon. Carnarvon died in 1923 from unknown causes. Since Carnarvon’s death occurred only a couple of months after the tomb was discovered, people attributed his mysterious death to a curse issued by King Tut. Although this explanation may seem sensible to some people, experts believe that Lord Carnarvon died from blood poisoning that progressed to pneumonia. The blood poisoning was likely caused by a mosquito bite that had been infected with erysipelas, which is a type of skin infection that is similar to cellulitis. This infection occurs when strep bacteria breaches the skin’s protective surface, and sometimes an abscess can form as a result. The legs and face are the body areas that are most vulnerable to erysipelas infection, and Lord Carnarvon was bit on his face. Insect bites can cause erysipelas, especially if bites become irritated further. This was probably the case with Lord Carnarvon, as it was reported that he had irritated his mosquito bite by shaving over the wound. This explanation is certainly more believable than a mummy’s curse, but at least Lord Carnarvon’s public misdiagnosis cemented mummy’s into pop culture history.
Have you ever heard of an insect bite leading to a skin infection?