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Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Second mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile virus

Second mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile virus

So far in 2018, DCHHS has reported three West Nile virus infections.

Southwestern public health is alerting the public that a mosquito has tested positive for West Nile virus for the second time in as many weeks.

The health district said mosquito testing, which began in June is expected to continue through the late fall.

There is new evidence of West Nile virus in Perth County.

One round of larvicide has been applied to roadside catch basins in Stratford, St. Marys, Listowel and Mitchell to help reduce mosquito breeding. A statement from the public health department says that no human cases have been reported this year.

They say two pools of mosquitoes tested positive for the virus. Approximately 20 percent who become infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash.

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus have been discovered in St. Louis County this July.

Take extra protection measures at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

DCHHS recommends that Dallas County residents use an insect repellent containing DEET whenever they go outside, and that they dress in long, loose and light-colored clothing.

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