West Nile Virus Making Early Appearance This Summer
Take Steps to Reduce Your Risk While Spending Time Outdoors
ST. LOUIS, July 29, 2013
ST. LOUIS, July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Coming off an unprecedented
resurgence of West Nile virus last year, public health officials are urging
people to take precautions against the illness this summer while mosquitoes
are at their most active. According to new data from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), a total of 29 states have already reported cases
of the mosquito-borne virus this summer, including three deaths – with peak
season of August and September yet to come.
West Nile virus is transmitted through bites from infected mosquitoes.
Although only one in five people who contract the virus develop symptoms such
as fever, headache, body aches or vomiting, the virus can cause serious
neurological illnesses that can be fatal, such as encephalitis or meningitis.
The 2012 West Nile virus outbreak was the deadliest on record since the
illness was first detected in the United States in 1999: 5,674 cases of West
Nile virus were reported nationwide, including 286 deaths. Health officials
expect the disease to continue to be a formidable public health issue.
Because no human vaccine exists, preventing mosquito bites is the most
effective way to avoid contracting West Nile virus:
oMost importantly, use a personal insect repellent, which the CDC
recommends as a highly effective way to minimize risk.
oReduce mosquitoes around your home by removing the places they might
breed. Several times per week, empty water from flower pots, bird baths,
barrels and pet dishes. Using a do-it-yourself spray insecticide
formulated for mosquito control, such as Cutter® Backyard™ Bug Control
Spray Concentrate, is also effective. Spray over the entire yard,
including ornamental trees, shrubs and flowers, for up to two months of
residual protection from nuisance pests.
oCover swimming pools, and make sure you're not allowing water to collect
on the top of your swimming pool cover. Clean out leaves or debris from
oKeep mosquitoes outside by inspecting screens on windows and weather
stripping on doors and repairing if needed.
oAvoid overwatering your lawn – your grass should be getting about 1 inch
of water per week from a combination of rain and watering. If your lawn
remains soggy for several hours after watering or water is pooling on the
surface, you have too much moisture.
oWhen you're outdoors, wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk;
mosquito activity is highest at these times.
Choosing the Right Repellent
Although using any repellent will work to reduce your risk of West Nile virus,
choosing the right active ingredient for your individual needs can make
repelling mosquitoes a painless process. When picking an insect repellent,
consider the length of time you'll be outside and the type of activity you're
planning. There are a variety of insect repellents available, ranging from the
familiar DEET to newer ingredients like oil of lemon eucalyptus.
oDEET: DEET has been used as an insect repellent in the United States for
more than 50 years. It's recommended for those spending longer periods of
time outdoors in more heavily infested conditions. Recommended by the CDC
for effective, long-lasting protection, DEET-based products are available
in a wide variety of application methods, including aerosols, sprays or
wipes. Length of protection ranges from two to 10 hours (depending on the
percentage of DEET in the product). Unscented Backwoods Cutter® Insect
Repellents, for example, contain 23 percent DEET for up to 10 hours of
sweat-resistant protection against mosquitoes. Formulas with 30 percent
concentrations or lower, such as Cutter® All Family® Insect Repellents
with 7 percent DEET, can be used on children ages 2 months and older.
oOil of Lemon Eucalyptus: Derived from the leaves of the Eucalyptus
citriodora tree, oil of lemon eucalyptus naturally repels mosquitoes for
up to six hours. You can use oil of lemon eucalyptus-based products, like
Cutter® Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent, on children 3 years and older.
oGeraniol: A natural ingredient derived from geranium oil, geraniol
utilizes the inherent repellent properties of the geranium to repel
mosquitoes and other nuisance pests for hours. Cutter® Natural Insect
Repellent contains geraniol for hours of protection from mosquitoes for
the entire family.
For more information about West Nile virus and ways to protect against
mosquitoes, visit www.cdc.gov/westnile. To learn more about Cutter products,
About United Industries
United Industries Corporation, a subsidiary of Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc.,
is the leading manufacturer of value-brand consumer products for the home,
lawn and garden insect and weed control markets in the United States. The
company offers innovative products of outstanding quality, so consumers
benefit from easier insect and weed control solutions. The brands —
Spectracide®, Garden Safe®, Hot Shot®, Cutter®, Repel® and Black Flag® — are
well recognized by consumers for delivering exceptional value and trusted
results. For more information, visit www.UnitedIndustriesCorporation.com
About Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc.
Spectrum Brands Holdings (NYSE: SPB), a member of the Russell 2000 Index, is a
global and diversified consumer products company and a leading supplier of
consumer batteries, residential locksets, residential builders' hardware,
faucets, shaving and grooming products, personal care products, small
household appliances, specialty pet supplies, lawn and garden and home pest
control products, and personal insect repellents. Helping to meet the needs of
consumers worldwide, our Company offers a broad portfolio of market-leading,
well-known and widely trusted brands including Rayovac®, Kwikset®, Weiser®,
Baldwin®, National Hardware®, Pfister™, Remington®, VARTA®, George Foreman®,
Black & Decker®, Toastmaster®, Farberware®, Tetra®, Marineland®, Nature's
Miracle®, Dingo®, 8-in-1®, FURminator®, Littermaid®, Spectracide®, Cutter®,
Repel®, Hot Shot® and Black Flag®. Spectrum Brands' products are sold by the
world's top 25 retailers and are available in more than one million stores in
approximately 140 countries. Spectrum Brands Holdings generated net sales of
approximately $3.25 billion in fiscal 2012. On a pro forma basis following the
Company's December 2012 acquisition of the Hardware & Home Improvement Group
(HHI) from Stanley Black & Decker, Spectrum Brands had net sales of more than
$4 billion for fiscal 2012. For more information, visit
Connie Caldwell, United Industries Corp.
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