Neighbors Avoid Mosquitoes to Prevent Deadly Disease

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

HARRISONBURG, Va.---The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports 31 cases of West Nile Virus and three deaths related to the disease, as of July 23.

Virginia was not on the list of states affected by the disease. However, Tennessee had one case listed.

Neighbors in the area said they have not seen many mosquitoes this summer despite the rainfall. However they are still being careful to prevent getting infected.

Sharon Shenk usually sits outside with her family on her porch, when it is not raining.

"This is the rainiest season that I can remember for several years," said Shenk.

She said she sees about 15 mosquitoes a day, which she said it is average for this time of the year.

"They seem to be a little bigger than usual. I don't know that there are any more of them. any more frequency on them coming. But they seem to be bigger than they have in the past," said Shenk.

She usually tries to keep them away when her family sits outside.

"We use the citronella candles and the flame burners," said Shenk.
According to the CDC, to avoid the West Nile Virus, you should prevent getting bites from mosquitoes.

As of July 23, the CDC reports 31 cases of West Nile Virus in the country. Three of them were deadly.

Virginia is not one of the states on the list. However, Tennessee is one of them.

"I hope we don't get that but we never know. I mean we live close to the park and Black runs down there. That's another drawing place for them so you have to be a little more cautious about looking for them," said Shenk.

Christina Spitzer is also keeping an eye for them, staying away from standing water, which can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. With all the rain this year, it can be difficult for some.

Spitzer works at farms in Augusta County.

"We have no standing water around. The only water we have is our ponds and our streams for the cattle," said Shenk.

Shenk said they usually come out at night.

"They come out later. We usually sit here at 9 p.m.. It's later in the evenings when we see the majority of them," said Shenk.

The CDC also recommends you to wear repellent with DEET when you go outdoors. They also recommend you to wear long sleeves, pants and socks. You should wear this clothing, especially from dusk to dawn.

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