In severe cases, people may have seizures or go into a coma. La Crosse is rarely fatal, but children may have headaches, seizures or other problems after they get well.
The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department noted several steps to prevent arboviral infections:
* Remove containers that collect water near homes (where mosquitoes lay eggs)
* Make sure doors and screens are bug tight
* Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever outdoors
* Avoid outside activities when mosquitoes are active (usually dusk and dawn)
* Use an effective insect repellent that contains one of the following: DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 and follow manufacturer directions carefully
There is no way to determine if a mosquito is infected, so if you or your child develops symptoms, contact your physician. More information can be found at www.kchdwv.org or by calling the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department at 304-348-1088.