Mosquitoes trapped in Central El Paso test positive for West Nile Virus

Mosquitoes trapped in Central El Paso test positive for West Nile Virus

Mosquitoes trapped in Central El Paso test positive for West Nile Virus

A Chicago resident in her mid-60s became ill in mid-May.

West Nile Virus (WNV) is transmitted to humans through the bite of a Culex pipiens mosquito that encountered the disease when biting an infected bird, according to the CDC.

There were about five confirmed human cases of West Nile previous year, so as mosquito-borne illnesses begin to rise this summer, residents are encouraged to take the necessary precautions to avoid the bites. Grant awards were based on the population of the applying jurisdiction and its history of human WNV cases through 2017. Several parts of Canada and the US continue to report West Nile virus activity.

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This rash of news alerts indicates that the West Nile Virus may once again impact the health of thousands of Americans. "However, people over the age of 50 and those with compromised immune systems are more at risk". Its symptoms are similar to common virosis, such as pain in muscles and joints, headache, chill and fever. However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms.

DAWN and DUSK are times to avoid being outdoors. It's important to protect yourself from bug bites by wearing loose-fitting long trousers and shirts, boots in heavily wooded areas.

DEFEND yourself by using an effective insect repellent. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property by emptying flower pots, old vehicle tires, buckets, and other containers.

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Make sure windows and doors are "bug tight" and fix or replace screens as needed. Repellents containing about 25-30 percent DEET work best for adults; use lower concentrations for children.

Change the water in birdbaths and plant pots or drip trays at least once a week.

Other species at risk for WNV infection are birds and horses.

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