What have we learned about West Nile Virus and how is it transmitted?

Know it is carried by mosquitoes. We know that birds can catch this virus. A mosquito that bites an infected or dead bird will carry the virus to humans and but as readily to our healthy dogs and cats. It is still important to watch for signs of infection


This virus is a strain of encephalitis that affects the nervous system.

Human and animal symptoms are, fever, dizziness, tremors, sudden rash, seizures and paralysis.

We’ve all been bitten by these pesky mosquitoes and most of us have not had a bite from an infected mosquito. Statistics tell us that less than 1% of humans become severely sick each year.

Every year our county officials send a crew to spray for mosquitoes and let the local news alert us as to which area will be sprayed. As responsible residents and pet parents we must act responsibly to control the mosquito breeding grounds.

Standing water is most prevalent. Empty any vessel that has standing water especially after a rain shower. Water features/fountains in the yard should have flowing water. Check gutters for standing water.

Mosquitos are most active in late afternoon, early evening and dusk. Even though mosquitoes can bite through clothing it is important to protect your skin by wearing long sleeves and pants not shorts. Not easy when our temperatures hit 3 digits.


Best to discuss a recommendation from your vet on repellant. Most repellants we use on humans are poisonous to our pets, especially if they have DEET.

There is no evidence that WNV can be transmitted from animal to human or human to animal. An infected mosquito is the only culprit to carry this virus.

Stay vigilant this summer to hot sidewalks, hot cars, keep your pets inside out of the hot summer sun and provide plenty of water.

Have a great summer

Donna Baron

Pets Are Inn