Sunday, 19 August, 2018


West Nile Virus Located in Brentwood and Discovery Bay

A couple of cases of West Nile virus have been discovered on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain A couple of cases of West Nile virus have been discovered on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain
Patty Aguilar | 22 July, 2018, 23:12

The Jefferson County Health Department is dealing with what they've called a health emergency after two collections of adult mosquitos tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

Health officials have detected the West Nile virus in mosquitoes found in St. Louis County.

The warning comes as the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) has identified West Nile Virus (WNV) infected mosquitos in five towns: Bridgeport, Easton, New Canaan, Stratford and Waterbury.

Rose says most of the mosquitos in Summit County don't carry the virus.

Hanson and his colleagues are taking "aggressive" action to counter what "we consider to be an elevated threat of West Nile virus", he said. Approximately one in 150 people who catch the virus develop symptoms such as encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, and meningitis, which is swelling of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord. For about 20 percent of those infected, though, symptoms can include fever, aches, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.

The virus is transmitted to people through mosquito bites, KDHE says.

Bosch says weather permitting, the Air Force will spray Wednesday night in Williston and Watford City, but if the planes can't get in the air, they will try again Thursday.

The agency encourages residents and visitors to take precautions to prevent mosquito-borne.

Since 2005, 63 Contra Costa County residents have been diagnosed with West Nile virus.

Spraying is conducted after dark, when mosquitoes are most active, and people and bees are not.

KDHE did say there are no cases now.

The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes.

The best way to avoid West Nile is to avoid mosquitoes, which means getting rid of standing water and wearing insect repellent. You can help reduce the numbers of mosquitos around your home by emptying any standing water where mosquitos lay their eggs, from areas like flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, birdbaths and any other containers on a regular basis. Although it may be hard to do when it's hot, wearing long-sleeves, long trousers, and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

The CDC recommends using repellents containing EPA-registered active ingredients including DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.

Be sure door and window screens are tight fitting and in good fix.

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