National Public Health Week Injury Prevention Starts in Your COMMUNITY

April 8, 2011

The West Central Health District is pleased to celebrate National Public Health Week, which is sponsored by the American Public Health Association. National Public Health Week will be held April 4-10, 2011 and seeks to educate the public, policy-makers and public health professionals about issues important to improving public health. This year’s theme is "Safety is No Accident:  Live Injury Free."

In observance of National Public Health Week, on Friday April 8th, the West Central Health District would like to remind the public that injury prevention starts in your community.  As beautiful Georgia weather ascends, the Columbus Department of Public Health warns that mosquitoes are starting to bite.  West Nile virus and other mosquito borne disease will be prone to become more widespread.   The health department suggests residents get out and enjoy the outdoors, but protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites. West Nile virus can cause serious, life-altering and even fatal disease.  The health department urges you to take the following actions to protect yourself against West Nile Virus and other mosquito borne diseases.

  • When going outside, use mosquito repellent and wear protective clothing.
  • Wear light colored, loose fitting, long sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors in mosquito prone areas, especially in the early morning and evening.
  • Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs
  • At least once or twice a week, remove all standing water from your yard by bringing containers indoors or emptying and cleaning them, even very small ones. For example, do not leave toys that can retain water outside; remove saucers from under flower pots; clean or remove pool covers; clean pools and add chlorinated water; empty buckets and cans, cover rain barrels with mosquito proof netting. Check for clogged rain gutters and clean them out.
  • Fill in hollow stumps that hold water with sand or concrete.
  • Keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed so adult mosquitoes don't hide in the shaded areas during the day.
  • Cover open windows, Install or Repair Window and Door Screens.