Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

West Nile spraying set for tonight in Pittsfield; rain date is Wednesday

West Nile spraying set for tonight in Pittsfield; rain date is Wednesday

Businesses and residents are urged to check for areas of standing water, old tires and other places that can provide a home for disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Hinds County has reported 11 total cases.

Horses are especially prone to severe West Nile Virus infections; however it is important to remember that people can not get West Nile from another person or horse that has the disease.

So far this year there have been no confirmed cases of West Nile in humans in Grey and Bruce Counties.

The case is the eighth West Nile Virus report of 2018 overall.

Ten sentinel chickens have tested positive for EEEV in 2018, one tested positive for Highlands J Virus and 21 tested positive for West Nile.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of what is commonly called a house mosquito that has gotten the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks.

ICPHD is reminding people to take steps that can reduce the West Nile risk.

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In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or death, can occur.

Symptoms of severe infection include a headache, high fever, stiff neck, and/or tremors and muscle weakness.

- For additional protection from mosquitoes, use an insect repellent.

The CCHHS environmental health specialists and DCMA staff routinely survey known breeding sources for mosquitoes and trap them for identification. People who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay, or robin should contact the health department, which will determine if the bird will be picked up for testing.

And it's also a good idea to clean clogged gutters and check and fix screen doors. Fix or replace screens that have tears or holes.

- Be sure to drain all standing water when possible.

- Empty children's wading pools at least once per week and store them indoors when not in use.

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