West Nile Tip of the Week
Editor’s note: The Post Indpendent and Garfield County are teaming up to provide you a West Nile tip of the week every week.By Mary MeisnerGarfield County Public Nursing ServiceThe Garfield County Public Health Nursing Service wants to remind you that with the summer winding down, the threat of West Nile virus infection is winding up. The threat of West Nile will be not be over until the first hard frost.The kids are heading back to school and it is important to follow those same precautions that have been reviewed over the summer.• Drain standing water.• Dusk and Dawn: Avoid being outdoors at this time when mosquitoes are active. Dress in long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk in areas where mosquitoes are active.Please also review the self-care tips for dealing with West Nile symptoms.• Use over the counter medicine that contains ibuprofen (such as Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol) or neproxen to control fever, body aches or head aches.• Drink fluids often. Water, clear juices and sports drinks will defend against dehydration and weakness. Dehydration can make headaches and fatigue worse. Call your doctor if you are vomiting, have nausea and/or decreased appetite that keep you from getting enough liquids.• Listen to your body and rest in a quiet, dark area when Tired. West Nile stresses the body’s immune system.• Use sunglasses if you will be out in bright sunlight. Bright light can trigger a headache. Headaches can be persistent several days or weeks after the initial illness.• If you were getting regular exercise before you were sick, you need to “re-train.” Start slowly and gradually build your stamina and endurance. Again, be careful to not get dehydrated with your workout. Drinking fluids before, during, and after your workout. Eat protein rich foods to aid in regaining muscle mass. • You may find returning to work full time very tiring, which may affect your productivity and safety. Again, stay will hydrated, eat well and try napping at your lunch break. You may want to talk with your supervisor about shorter work hours or a gradual return to your usual work hours.For more West Nile information, visit http://www.fightthebitecolorado.com or contact the Colorado West Nile virus hotline at (877) 462-2911.For more West Nile information, visit http://www.fightthebitecolorado.com or contact the Colorado West Nile virus hotline at (877) 462-2911.
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