Health & Safety

October 4, 2013

Enemy among us not apparent

Courtesy photo

The enemy is out there like a sleepless unstoppable force, ever watchful for an opportunity to strike. It’s merciless and doesn’t care who it attacks including children and the elderly. It hides in trees, bushes, pools, backyards and doesn’t ignore open windows or doors to enter houses. This enemy cannot be reasoned with or bribed, and it is focused on one goal – to infect as many people as possible. This enemy is the mosquito and it’s here year-round.

Mosquitoes are carriers of many diseases including malaria, West Nile virus and even dengue fever. WNV is a serious disease in Arizona. Symptoms include fever, headache and rash. Those most at risk include the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

Last year alone, there were a total of 125 cases of WNV resulting in fewer than five deaths. When just one mosquito infected with WNV is caught in Maricopa County, the Public Health office begins trapping early to fight back against the disease. It will take combined efforts to protect the Luke Air Force Base community while at the same time helping to protect Arizona.

Mosquitoes are in peak biting mode from dawn to dusk. To protect against bites, use insect repellent on all exposed skin. A person can be bitten by multiple mosquitoes in just a short period of time. Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control recommend the use of an EPA-registered repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or oil from lemon eucalyptus.

Mosquitoes have the ability to bite through thin clothing, but clothes can be treated with repellent that contains Permethrin. Wear long sleeves, pants and socks when outdoors if weather permits and apply repellent for fabric to clothes and not skin.

The home can also be protected from mosquitoes. The first step is to limit or eliminate standing water around the outside of the home. Baby pools and bird bath reservoirs are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Protect against mosquito eggs and larvae forming by draining standing water between uses. To keep mosquitoes outside, install well-fitting screens on windows and doors.

Following these steps will add a measure of protection for home and family.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
DT_JTC0216

Supreme allied commander comes home

Gen. Philip Breedlove, left, NATO supreme allied commander, Europe, visited Luke Air Force Base Sept. 12. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, right, 56th Fighter Wing commander, briefed the general on Luke’s evolving mission to train F-3...
 
 
Senior Airman Grace Lee

Command post chief averts potential disaster

Senior Airman Grace Lee Capt. George Normandin, 56th Fighter Wing Command Post chief, received the Aviation Safety Well Done Award Sept. 2, presented by Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th FW commander. Normandin took control of an F-...
 
 

You are what you eat

“You are what you eat.” This is a generic statement or a notion. It implies that if you eat healthy, you will be healthy. But how true is this in the world today? What we eat, drink, wear, drive and buy is often an attempt to construct a social identity. It lets others know who...
 

 

Knowledge equals power

The phrase “knowledge is power” is said to originate from Sir Francis Bacon in 1597. Personally, I remember learning the phrase from the old television show “School House Rock” theme song. The key idea behind the phrase is the more knowledge you accumulate, the more “power” you will have. Here is a simple breakdown: knowledge...
 
 
Senior Airman
MARCY COPELAND

EOD Airman changed for good by life experiences

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Tech. Sgt. David Gerig’s, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team chief, first assignment after technical school was Kadena Air Base, Japan. The challenges in life are often w...
 
 

News Briefs September 19, 2014

CFC kick-off The 56th Fighter Wing Combined Federal Campaign kick-off charity fair is 9 a.m. Monday in Bldg. 1130 auditorium. Learn about the 2014 campaign ‘Serving Our Country. Supporting Our Community.’ and visit with local charities. For more information, call Maj. Jennifer Preyer-Bonton at 623-856-7144. Hispanic Heritage Month National Hispanic Heritage Month began Monday and...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin