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Brought to you by ISU Public Safety and the ISU Safety Committee September, 2005

West Nile Virus: Facts & Figures

Idaho has 32 counties with documented cases of West Nile Virus, with 363 human cases having been reported to the Idaho Dept. of Health & Welfare. This includes 2 confirmed cases in Bannock County, 27 in Bingham County and 4 in Bonneville County (Idaho Dept. of Health & Welfare as of August 25, 2006).

The Southeastern District Health Department is urging individuals to protect themselves. WNV is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito, so the best way to reduce your risk of becoming infected is to avoid being bitten by infected mosquitoes. Practice the “Seven D’s” of protection:

(Excerpt from August 3, 2006 SDHD News Release)

WNV FACTS

What is West Nile Virus?

West Nile Virus (WNV) is a potentially serious illness. Experts believe WNV is established as a seasonal epidemic in North America that flares up in the summer and continues into the fall.

What are the symptoms of WNV?

How Does West Nile Virus Spread?

How Soon Do Infected People Get Sick?

People typically develop symptoms between 3 and 14 days after they have been bitten by the infected mosquito.

What Should I Do if I Think I Have WNV?

Milder WNV illness improves on its own and people do not necessarily need to seek medical attention for this infection though they may choose to do so. If you develop symptoms of severe WNV illness, such as unusually severe headaches or confusion, seek medical attention immediately. Severe WNV illness usually requires hospitalization. Pregnant women and nursing mothers are encouraged to talk to their doctor if they develop symptoms that could be WNV.

What is the Risk of Getting Sick from WNV?

What Else Should I Know?

If you find a dead bird. Contact Public Safety at 282-2515 for any dead birds on campus. Off campus contact the local Health Department for reporting and disposing of the body at 233-9080. If you need to pickup a dead bird, or local authorities tell you to dispose of the dead bird, Do Not handle the body with your bare hands. Use gloves or an inverted plastic bag, and then wash or dispose of the gloves, and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. (Excerpts from CDC’s website)

Check out these websites for more information:

Southeastern District Health Department

CDC-West Nile Virus

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Safe Bicycling

Bicycling is one of the most popular ways to get around, whether for sport, recreation or transportation. The National Safety Council offers the following tips for safe and enjoyable bicycling:

(Excerpt from Utah Safety Council)

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Watch your local and school newspapers for more information.

Last Modified: 07/28/08 at 11:20:29 AM