Fairfax County resident infected with West Nile Virus, health officials say

CTV Winnipeg West Nile virus found in sample

CTV Winnipeg West Nile virus found in sample

Department of Public Health commissioner Dr. Raul Pino said his department is concerned about the amount of West Nile.

"It's peak season for mosquito activity, and it's important that we all be vigilant and take precautions when enjoying the outdoors this time of year", said CU Boulder Assistant Director for Environmental Operations Rob Lenahan. Always read the repellent label and consult with a health care provider if you have questions when using these types of products for children.

The DEP and its county partners across the state have been conducting routine, localized spraying to control infected adult populations of mosquitoes.

Kozhikode: One case of West Nile fever has been confirmed in Kozhikode. For standing water that can not be drained such as fountains, ponds, etc., consider adding "Mosquito Dunks" or mosquito fish, which feed on mosquito larvae. The pool of water that collects in a single upturned bottle cap can incubate hundreds of eggs.

If weather permits, wear long sleeves, trousers and socks when outdoors.

To combat West Nile, the Health Department recommends using insect repellant with 10-35% DEET, wearing light-colored clothing and staying indoors at dusk.

Mosquito breeding and biting also increases with hot weather, Helwig said. The rain and flooding often leave standing pools of water, creating ideal mosquito breeding grounds. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Those known to bite both birds and humans act as a vector to spread the virus between the species. Anyone who thinks they may be infected should see a doctor immediately, officials said.

Symptoms associated with West Nile virus typically appear 3 to 14 days after infection.

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