Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus found in Butte County

18 July, 2017, 09:21 | Author: Valerie Burke
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Tarrant County reported two death associated with the West Nile Virus in 2016.

West Nile is common, found every summer in dead birds and mosquitoes in the area.

"We are now in the very hot time of year when West Nile virus activity begins to amplify", said Bart Hagston, environmental health director for Jackson Co.

Mosquito populations continue to increase and with the detection of West Nile virus in the county, the district is urging residents to take precautions by draining any and all standing water that is not needed, reporting any suspected mosquito-breeding sites to the district and protecting themselves from mosquito bites.

Eliminate standing water around your home, and trim tall grass in your yard.

More infected mosquitoes are sure to be found, and the threat will remain elevated until the first hard frost, Johnson said. Positive readings for the virus have also been recorded in Salt Lake County and in Uintah County. About one in five people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If residents must be outdoors when mosquitoes are active, the district recommends to wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts, socks and shoes, and apply insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus before going outside. "Actually you need to be cognizant at dawn and dusk, that's when these mosquitoes really like to feed", she said. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol provide the best protection. Last year, the state had 149 reported human cases, which included eight deaths, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. While there is no evidence that people can get the virus from handling live or dead birds, individuals should not attempt to catch or handle the birds.

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