Published: Tue, July 24, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile virus in Glynn County

Mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile virus in Glynn County

On Thursday, the Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District reported that mosquitoes from two locations in Contra Costa County have tested positive for West Nile virus.

It bites and infects birds that other mosquitos then bite and then spread the virus to people.

"Chippewa County residents should be aware of West Nile virus and take some simple steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites", Weideman said.

The Department of Health news release said the three with neuro-invasive disease, the most serious type of West Nile infection, were in DeSoto, St. Tammany and Livingston parishes. About one out of 150 infected people develop swelling of the brain or brain tissue, that in some cases, can result in death. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop mild symptoms, like a fever, headache and body aches.

The first finding of mosquito-transmitted virus in DE also serves, he said, as a good reminder for people to continue taking common-sense precautions against mosquito bites. "Mosquito populations are building and will continue to do so, especially with the persistence of hot-muggy weather".

Cover up by wearing light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and trousers with tightly-woven fabric.

No test pools in Hamilton have tested positive for the virus so far this summer, and no human or animal cases have been reported.

Health officials recommend staying indoors when mosquitoes are most active, at dawn and dusk, wear long sleeves and long plants while outside, use mosquito repellent and eliminate mosquito breeding areas.

Limit time spent outdoors at dawn through dusk, when mosquitoes are most active and feeding.

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

Use an EPA-registered mosquito repellent and apply according the manufacturer's instructions.

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