West Nile Virus- have you changed your outdoor evening plans?

  1. Just wondering if anyone has changed their evening plans because of the threat of West Nile Virus? Here in Indiana a few of the schools are talking about playing their football games on Saturday afternoons rather than Friday evening. I have noticed fewer people out in their yards in the evening hours. Even though I don't want to get bitten by a mosquito who is carrying the virus, the idea of insect repellent with DEET in it on my skin or my children's skin is not real appealing either. I know that West Nile Virus is a nasty bug but putting all those toxic chemicals on my skin isn't real healthy either. So, I guess I will just stay inside.
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  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   Mattigan
    no . no plans changed BUT... I have been sick with temp (100-102) for 3 weeks, headaches and numbness. Got more lab done yesterday and CRP is greater than 4. EBV and CMV pending and today lab called and had me go down for more lab work. Physician ordered a West Nile Virus thingy ( what is it- A titer ????) Since I didn't want a LP done it will take 3 weeks. If I had consented to admission and CSF studies it would be done a little faster. I haven't played with any dead birds but if there is a mosquito anywhere in the county- it'll find me. Should I be worried (??) because I really haven't been. Just tired of feeling crummy.
  4. by   deespoohbear
    Mattigan-Sorry to hear of your illness. I would think anyone who has felt as lousy as you have for the past weeks would be worried. It is very frustrating when you are sick and the doctors can't figure out the cause. Hope you feeling better soon. Keep us posted. :kiss {{{{{{Mattigan}}}}}}

    Becky
  5. by   Lausana
    We only go out with our Haz-Mat suits on...hehehe, actually we don't really go out much at all now, like to go for evening walks but don't anymore, even if I don't run into any bloodsuckers, the idea is in enough to keep me in

    Strangely though, I haven't seen many mosquitos at all this year compared to normal? Maybe the spaying they've done in town has helped.
  6. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    You know what Leslie - you're right! I haven't seen any mosquitos! I haven't been bit once!

    I haven't really changed my outdoor habits, but they weren't much to begin with!

    Heather
  7. by   deespoohbear
    It has been such a dry year here in Northeast Indiana that the mosquitos probably haven't been as bad. Usually the like to breed in wet, damp areas. Such as water puddles and other bodies of standing water. Hasn't been too much standing water here in our neck of the woods.
  8. by   Mkue
    We had some rain the other night during a football game some of the kids complained about the mosquitos..
  9. by   KRVRN
    We just had our driest year in decades, only 2 inches for the whole year. I don't think there's a single mosquito in San Diego. We never have very many anyway.

    So I haven't changed my outdoor evening plans!
  10. by   CashewLPN
    hmm... i live in west nile central... (every year, we treat more and more cases...) and, I dont change my plans... but, I've always worn herbal bug repellant... and I dont keep standing water around... common sense stuff...

    --Barbara
  11. by   nakitamoon
    In Florida,,,,, all the mosquitos,,, are here!!!!

    Don't really like using repellant,,, but truly have no choice,,,, try to by herbal ones,,,, use those repellant candles,,, but you have to have a lot burning in close proximity,,,,, Had two bug lights installed,,,,

    Really don't have lots of outside activities I'm going to but,,,, the 'girls' need to be walked,,,, let out to go 'potty',,,, Seems like as soon as I walk out the door,,, all the mosquitos send a message,,,,,'' fresh meat'',,,,,,

    So keep the spray can,,,, botlle of lotion,,,,or wipes,,, right by the door,,,, I wash off as soon as I come back inside,,,,,

    ~~kita
  12. by   Rustyhammer
    We are in general pretty big garlic eaters. I'm not sure but I think that has something to do with the skeeters leaving us alone.
    -Russell
  13. by   DebsZoo
    Originally posted by nakitamoon

    Don't really like using repellant,,, but truly have no choice,,,, try to by herbal ones,,,, use those repellant candles,,, but you have to have a lot burning in close proximity,,,,, Had two bug lights installed


    ~~kita
    Same here, nakitamoon..............We don't spend a lot of time outside, after sundown, so the repellant use is minimal for us. The kids, when they decide to play hide-n-seek, use repellant.
    Also, any camping we did, we made sure we had a good supply on hand.
  14. by   live4today
    Originally posted by deespoohbear
    It has been such a dry year here in Northeast Indiana that the mosquitos probably haven't been as bad. Usually the like to breed in wet, damp areas. Such as water puddles and other bodies of standing water. Hasn't been too much standing water here in our neck of the woods.
    Deespoohbear.....count your blessings honey........you could be here in the perfect environment for those nasty breeding suckers! Texas is hot......very very muggy....swampy feeling to put it mildly

    Hubby and I use to take long evening walks......NOT anymore. I do not go out at night at all.........I hardly go out during the day unless I truly have to. I don't think those nasty sucking skeeters care if it's day or night here in Texas because the weather here is ALWAYS RIPE FOR THEM.

    (((((((((Mattigan))))))) Hope you get to feeling better soon, and hope the doctors find out what is causing your illness. I sure hope and pray it is not the West Nile thingy. :kiss

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