West Nile Virus found in St. Louis County

West Nile Virus found in St. Louis County

West Nile Virus found in St. Louis County

The resolution states that through a mosquito surveillance program traps are weekly tested to monitor the effectiveness of its ongoing larvicide program to curb the number of adult mosquitos.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced in a press release Thursday, July 19 that West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Belmont. The KDHE said one in five people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms. Only in about one percent of cases does the virus turn deadly.

In North Carolina between 2012 and 2017, 25 people had the virus affect their central nervous system.

The province says that infection rates in mosquito populations could be higher this year, which could in turn lead to human infections.

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Drain Standing Water: Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water.

West Nile is a mosquito-borne illness and there are no vaccines approved for humans. People cannot spread the virus through coughs or touch, nor can they get it from eating infected animals.

A sample of mosquitoes has tested positive for West Nile virus in Glynn County. During that time, 48 people have died from the infection in North Carolina through 2016.

Avoiding the outdoors when mosquitoes are present, typically dawn and dusk. Empty containers and change water weekly in containers that can not be removed, such as bird baths, pet dishes and wading pools.

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Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitos out.

The department renewed calls for people to avoid mosquito bites by using repellant, wearing long trousers and long-sleeved shirts when outdoors for extended periods and avoiding perfumes and colognes when outdoors.

Lastly, Otaigbe said you can use repellent containing DEET on someone as young as two months, but do not apply the repellent onto the child's hands, near the eyes, or mouth, or irritated skin.

Jim Erwin, a biologist with Indiana's Marion County Public Health Department, said residents should take steps beyond repellent to keep mosquitoes from biting.

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