Published: Wed, August 07, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Mosquito pool in Cascade County tests positive for West Nile Virus

Mosquito pool in Cascade County tests positive for West Nile Virus

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment created a web page to view temperature data, mosquito surveillance data and historical human cases of West Nile virus. "Every year in Los Angeles County, we see cases of West Nile virus infection, which can be serious, even deadly, especially for people over 50 and those who have existing health problems", Muntu Davis, a Los Angeles County health officer, said in a statement. "Mosquito bites aren't simply annoying, and they might make you sick".

Symptoms of the virus include fever and head and body aches. Precautions include: using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents, wear trousers and long-sleeved shirts when outdoors and eliminating areas of standing water which support mosquito breeding.

Mosquitos are a downside to outdoor summer fun, and taking precautions for mosquito bite prevention is crucial in a time when Kansans are at a high-risk level for West Nile virus. WNV can affect the nervous system and result in meningitis, encephalitis, paralysis and even death.

DUSK and DAWN-This is when mosquitoes are most active.

Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers when you are outdoors, particularly at these times and when in areas where more mosquitoes are present.

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Moreover, Public Health continues to report elevated numbers of WNV cases in LA County over the previous five years, at an average of 197 cases per year.

If the standing water can not be drained, a larvicide should be used.

The sample was collected on August 1 and confirmed to be WNV-positive by the lab at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) on August 5.

"Residents should also use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellent, such as DEET", Skiles said. Though the side effects of the virus can be severe, most people who are infected experience little to no symptoms and fully recover.

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