There is no specific treatment for WNV infection. Treatment may be done to relieve the symptoms of the illness. However, you can take steps to avoid infection with WNV, whether at home or on vacation, when mosquitoes are present:
- Avoid mosquito bites:
- Cover up - use protective clothing, especially when mosquitoes are active between dusk and dawn.
- Use repellant - Apply repellant when outdoors. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered several active ingredients for use in repellants that can be applied to skin and/or clothing including:
- oil of lemon eucalyptus
- permethrin (DO NOT APPLY directly to skin, apply only to clothes, camping gear, etc.)
- use repellants safely, according to directions.
- Mosquito proof your residence:
- Use screens - keep mosquitoes outside by fixing and installing screens.
- Eliminate mosquito breeding areas. Drain standing water, empty water from buckets, cans, pool covers, flower pots and other receptacles. Recycle used tires, clean rain gutters so they drain properly.
- Whether you stay in Wisconsin or are traveling, protect yourself against WNV when mosquitoes are present.
For more information contact:
- Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services Division of Public Health
- US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention