Friday, 22 February, 2019


West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in New Orleans

By Charles Lefebvre By Charles Lefebvre
Patty Aguilar | 16 July, 2018, 06:22

The Monroe County Health Department announced Friday a sample of mosquitoes in Monroe County had tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to a press release.

A spokesperson for the health department said these were the first mosquito collections to test positive for the virus in 2018.

From 10 p.m.to midnight Monday, the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project has scheduled truck-mounted mosquito spraying on roads within a 1-mile radius of the positive testing site. People with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and kidney disease are at greater risk for experiencing symptoms which include headache, body aches, joint pains or rash.

If you can tolerate it, wear long sleeve shirts and long trousers.

He recommended taking precautions to prevent mosquito exposure including staying indoors when mosquitoes were active and using repellent with DEET or other EPA-registered ingredients. Last year, MS reported 63 West Nile cases, two of which were fatal.

Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or p-Menthane-3,8-diol to clothes and exposed skin.

Make sure all windows and doors have screens, and that all screens are in good fix. "Mosquitoes don't travel very far from their breeding grounds, so if you don't have stagnant water around your house, there's less likelihood of mosquitoes, and mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus, to be impacting you and your family". And also mosquito proof your home and your yard.

One of the diseases of concern is West Nile Virus, which can be transmitted by mosquito bites, . while another is Lyme Disease which people can get from deer tick bites.

West Nile virus has been detected in several counties across the state, including Adams County.

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