Chickens test positive for West Nile in Kenner

West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Perth County traps

West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Perth County traps

The ODH's field team conducts routine surveillance of mosquitoes in the county through trapping and submission to the ODH for West Nile testing. In Ohio, West Nile virus was first identified in birds and mosquitoes in 2001.

MS reported 63 West Nile cases and two deaths in 2017. So far there have been none reported in Jefferson and Orleans Parish. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds.

You can help prevent the spread of West Nile Virus by protecting yourself from mosquitoes bites.

The two cases are in Musselshell County and Lake County, according to a press release from the agency. The infected mosquitoes can then transmit WNV to humans and animals. The majority of Culex mosquitoes breed in standing water and others are found in freshwater and saltwater marshes, lakes and ponds. Remove trash and clutter, including discarded waste tires, buckets, tarps and any other items that could collect water.

Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and during the early-morning hours.

The North Dakota Department of Health has seen a rise in reported West Nile virus cases in the past week and is reminding people to continue taking precautions against mosquito bites that can cause WNV infection. Symptoms, which include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches, may last from a few days to a few weeks.

Use effective insect repellent such as DEET or Picaridin. Even though 80% of the West Nile infected people do not report of any symptoms, the ones who experience flu-like symptoms must look for medical attention as soon as possible. The homeowners should make sure that there is no standing areas of water near their properties as well as water fountains, plant containers and pet dishes.

But about 1 percent of people, many over 60, can get a serious illness as a result, including encephalitis and meningitis, said Kwit.

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