Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

West Nile Virus confirmed in Spokane County Mosquitoes

West Nile Program A worker searched for mosquito larva in Windsor Essex on Monday
Steve Townsend | 22 August, 2018, 23:32

"Move indoors if you are getting bitten", she added.

For more information on the West Nile Virus or mosquitoes in general, visit The Illinois Department of Health website.

Both cases are in Northeast Ohio with horses that had not been vaccinated. The virus can cause a fever or headache in mild cases and disorientation, tremors, paralysis and possibly death in severe cases.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said that Jackson residents should be especially aware of WNV and the risk for infection. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes.

Illinois' surveillance for West Nile virus began May 1 and includes laboratory tests on mosquitoes, dead crows and blue jays, along with the testing of sick horses and humans with West Nile-like disease symptoms. Use a repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient (DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] or IR3535) according to the instructions on the product label. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. "People can afford themselves a level of protection by draining anything around the home that holds water, as well as preventing exposure to bites", Phillips added.

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Dr. Monica Bharel, the state public health commissioner, says conditions are ideal for mosquito species carrying the virus to breed because of the hot and humid weather and frequent heavy rainfall.

"Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes". Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

There are now no vaccines to prevent, nor medication to treat West Nile virus in humans.

Avoiding contact with mosquitoes in the thick of the summer can be hard, which is why the McDonough County Health Department reminds the public to practice the three "R's": reduce, repel and report.

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