Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Local mosquito sampling tests positive for West Nile Virus

Local mosquito sampling tests positive for West Nile Virus

Last summer, mosquitoes in Owensboro tested positive, too, but according to the Centers for Disease Control website, the only West Nile virus cases in western Kentucky in 2017 were reported in Hopkins County, where three cases were diagnosed. If they do, the symptoms are usually mild - a headache, fever and maybe body aches - and are no cause for concern.

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The Health Department notes that this is the earliest identification of a human case of WNV in New York City since surveillance began in 1999. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property by emptying flower pots, old auto tires, buckets, and other containers. We have more information posted at WKOK.com, including how you can prevent yourself and others from contracting the virus. Repellents keep the mosquitoes from biting you. Some carry illnesses that may spread to humans.

The response to mosquito transmitted diseases in Connecticut is a collaborative inter-agency effort involving the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Connecticut (UCONN).

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The department urges people to prevent mosquito bites by using repellent, putting inspect netting over strollers, wearing long sleeves and trousers, repairing holes in window screens and eliminating mosquito breeding grounds.

This marks the second year GRDHD has trapped and tested mosquitoes for the virus. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers and use bug repellent with an active ingredient of DEET or picaridin.

"The first West Nile virus positive mosquitoes of the season have been identified", said Dr. Philip Armstrong, Medical Entomologist at the CAES.

• Maintain window and door screens to keep mosquitos out of buildings.

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