Health and Safety Reminder - Protection from
In view of the heavy rains and recent news of a human case
West Nile Virus in Dona Anna County
, Environmental Health and
wish to remind all the NMSU Community (employees and students) of the
potential risk of disease from mosquitoes. In addition, NMSU has been
asked by the New Mexico Department of Health to ensure that the campus
community is informed on the risk and protection from the
West Nile Virus, a mosquito transmitted disease.
Compared to river and wetland areas, the campus has very few
mosquitoes; however, NMSU is fogging and using larvicide in campus
ponds to further minimize the local mosquito population. Recent
on the fogging locations, times, and materials have been distributed to
all faculty, staff and students, and
available from the OFS Ground Department at 646-5957.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PROTECTION FROM
outside activity at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
Control mosquitoes from breeding by eliminating standing water around
buildings and home.
* Clean out outside drains, canales and gutters so water doesn't
accumulate and serve as mosquito breeding areas.
Maintain drainage ditches so they do not clog and breed mosquitoes.
Eliminate uncovered refuse containers and junk piles where water can
and mosquitoes breed.
sure that doors and windows have tight fitting screens in good
repair and are closed.
long pants and long sleeved shirts and apply insect repellent when
adults should apply repellent on children.
apply repellent to exposed skin and clothing. Do not use repellent
not apply repellent over cuts, wounds, sunburn or irritated skin.
repellent on your hands in order to apply it to your face. Don't apply
repellent to your eyes or mouth.
off repellent daily and reapply as needed.
INSECT REPELLENTS PRODUCTS
(information from NMDOH)
longest lasting protection from mosquito bites, use insect repellent
with no more than 20 -30% DEET for adults (less than 10% for
to 12 years old).
you don't use DEET, products containing soybean oil or
have been found to be effective, but must be applied more often because
not repel mosquitoes for as long as DEET.
Products containing Skin so Soft or citronella were not shown to be as
effective, lasting on average about 20 minutes or less.
Additional information and web resource links have been posted
in the Safety News section of the NMSU safety website
Please print and post this memo for employee and student information.
David Shearer, Industrial Hygienist
Environmental Health & Safety