Published: Wed, August 21, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Mosquitos in Hadley test positive for West Nile virus

Mosquitos in Hadley test positive for West Nile virus

A Tustin woman in her 50s was diagnosed this week with West Nile fever.

"Even though summer is coming to an end, the West Nile virus season is beginning", Marie-Claude Lacasse, a spokesperson for the provincial health ministry, said on Tuesday.

The Salt Lake County Health Department has announced the first human case of West Nile virus in the county this year. There have been eight reported human EEE deaths in Onondaga and Oswego counties since 1971. Symptoms can include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, or a skin rash. Although it can cause severe disease, only about 1 in 5 of those infected will develop any symptoms at all. "This means that even a mosquito can not bite an infected human and transmit the virus to another human, in contrast to the Zika virus". DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective repellents recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

West Nile Virus can not be transmitted from person to person.

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The District works year-round to actively search for and manage water-holding areas such as gutters, ditches, storm drain channels, basins, and non-functional pools and ponds, but there are many more mosquito breeding sites on private property that require the public's attention.

Ensure door and window screens are in good condition so mosquitoes can not get inside.

Wearing long sleeve clothing and trousers and avoiding outdoor activity during dusk and dawn can lower the risk of contracting the virus. Those who are over 60 years old, have underlying medical conditions or depressed immune systems are at higher risk for the more severe form of West Nile virus.

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