Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

7 locations in Grant County test positive for West Nile

7 locations in Grant County test positive for West Nile

The death this past week is the state's first death from and first confirmed case of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus in 2018, according to the state Health Department.

The Chippewa County Health Department reports a dead crow found in Chippewa County on June 28 has tested positive for West Nile virus.

Mosquitoes in Fort Collins have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) for the first time this season.

WNV cycles between wild birds and mosquitoes.

The most effective way to prevent West Nile virus infection is to avoid being bitten by an infected mosquito.

There are no vaccines or medications to treat West Nile, the KDHE said. However, approximately one percent of individuals can develop a serious neurologic illness (neuro-invasive disease) such as encephalitis or meningitis. Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News AppRoughly 20 percent of people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.

WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Bosch says weather permitting, the Air Force will spray Wednesday night in Williston and Watford City, but if the planes can't get in the air, they will try again Thursday. Use insect repellent, wear long sleeve and trousers, or consider staying indoors during these hours.

Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

This year, some carry the West Nile virus with them.

The CDC recommends using repellents containing EPA-registered active ingredients including DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.

With the presence of the disease residents are encouraged to protect themselves using the Four D's: Drain, Dress, Defend, Dusk through dawn.

Remove standing water to reduce areas where mosquitos can breed in areas such as gutters, birdbaths and pet water dishes.

The mosquito thrives in standing water, such as "a stock pond or a bucket in the backyard", Hanson said.

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