Recent weeks have brought an increased number of West Nile Virus cases
to the area. West Nile is a mosquito-borne virus. The county health
departments have released the following important information to make
the public aware of this concern.
General Information for Parents:
How can I prevent West Nile Virus?
To protect yourself and your children, practice the 4 “Ds:”
· Try to stay indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are the most active.
· Use a DEET insect repellent up to 30 percent concentration.
· Dress in long sleeves and pants when outside (particularly during dusk and dawn).
· Routinely drain standing water in items surrounding your home such as flower pots, pet dishes, ruts and bird baths where mosquitoes can breed.
Parents are encouraged to pre-treat with mosquito repellant before a
student comes to school. If you are concerned about the times between
dawn and dusk, please consider dressing student in loose-fitting,
long-sleeve shirts and long pants.
If you are required to work outside, particularly
during dawn and dusk (grounds, maintenance, Ag barns, athletics and
band), please consider pre-treating with mosquito repellant prior to
reporting to work. It is recommended that you use a DEET product that
is up to 30 percent concentration.
If you see a swarm of mosquitoes, please report it to the campus office or to plant services.
you see standing water due to rain, sprinklers or a leak, please empty
if possible or report to the campus office or to plant services to
remove. Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and will need
to be corrected to prevent mosquitoes.