Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Rockland issues warning about the West Nile virus

Rockland issues warning about the West Nile virus

The most recent infected samples were collected in the City of Harrisburg, Derry Township and Paxtang Borough. That mosquito was found in Kelly Township, Union County.

During the summer months, MDPH collects routine samples of mosquitoes to monitor for West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

The first postitive test for West Nile virus in MA this year was in a mosquito in Weymouth near the end of last month, the state Department of Public Health said.

Last year, Oklahoma County had seven confirmed cases of West Nile Virus, but no fatalities. This naturally occurring bacterium kills mosquito larvae, but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.

Local government mosquito control teams have been active in elevating spray schedules in major cities like Houston, Corpus Christi, McAllen and Brownsville, while state and local public health officials have initiated public awareness and education campaigns to encourage home and business owners to take an active role in addressing standing water caused by torrential rains that covered most of the Texas coast, June 17-23.

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Use air conditioning or window and door screens that are in good fix to keep mosquitoes out.

Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.

Reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk during peak mosquito periods, usually April through October.

Defend: When outdoors, use an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, 2-undecanone, or IR3535 and reapply according to label directions.

"The easiest way to protect yourself and your family is to wear insect repellent", said Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III. People older than 50 and individuals with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus.

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