West Nile Virus Still a Threat in New Bedford

West Nile Virus Still a Threat in New Bedford

West Nile Virus Still a Threat in New Bedford

West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

As of September 7, 422 dead birds from 18 counties have tested positive for West Nile, as well as 1,606 mosquito samples from 28 counties, according to the Department of Public Health.

Kurt Clemens, public health inspector the local health unit, said the municipality doesn't always see human cases in a year, but said the West Nile virus is in the mosquito population and can transmit to the human population. Although the cases have been reported throughout Serbia, most incidents have been registered in Belgrade (141).

The chance of getting seriously ill or dying from West Nile is low, according to the DHEC statement.

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- Apply and EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridian, IR3535, oil of eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol to clothes and exposed skin. Peak mosquito activity occurs during dawn and dusk. Make sure your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes. In rare cases, the virus can cause serious neurological illness including encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain.

Through a news release the ISDH provided the following steps to help residents reduce the threat of West Nile virus in their area.

DRAIN - Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water. Californians are encouraged to report dead birds on the website or by calling toll-free 1-877-WNV-BIRD.

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