Mosquito pools in Onondaga County test positive for West Nile Virus

17 August, 2017, 06:51 | Author: Joy Garcia
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Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus have now been found in 12 CT communities, from the southwestern corner of the state to towns in north central and far eastern portions of CT, officials said Wednesday.

According to the ODH, a 44-year-old Clermont County man contracted the virus.

This year, 29 of Ohio's 88 counties have reported West Nile virus activity in mosquitoes collected as part of state monitoring.

Officials say that to date, there have been 82 mosquito pools that have tested positive for the virus.

West Nile virus is a disease transmitted to humans and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms can last for as short as a few days, though even healthy people have been sick for several weeks. Symptoms of the severe form of West Nile virus include: high fever, severe headache and stiff neck, disorientation and confusion. Mosquitoes spread the two viruses by biting an infected bird and then biting a person.

"We would encourage everyone to monitor their own homes and properties for standing water in those areas so you can eliminate the breeding grounds for that", Rock Hill City Manager Jimmy Bagley said.

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Mosquitoes are most active in the early morning and evening.

There were eight reported (confirmed or probable) cases of humans contracting the virus.

Utah public health officials are reminding all residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites whenever they spend time outside.

Public health suggests wearing a long-sleeved shirt and trousers, especially in mosquito-prone areas, as well as wearing bug repellent containing DEET.

Defend yourself by using insect repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus when outdoors.

Make sure screens in windows and doors are tight-fitting to keep mosquitoes out.

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