Friday, 17 August, 2018

West Nile Virus Found in RI

At leat 55 outbreaks have been reported between July 27 and August 5 At leat 55 outbreaks have been reported between July 27 and August 5
Ben Pena | 12 August, 2018, 20:42

First discovered in Uganda in 1937, the virus is carried by birds and spread to humans by mosquitoes. DPH says they have tested positive for the virus.

Health officials say the virus has been detected in 169 mosquito samples from across the state.

DUSK and DAWN-This is when mosquitoes are most active.

WNV is a mosquito-borne virus that can be transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

He recommends using bug sprays with Deet, but there are other options like lemon eucalyptus oil that combat West Nile mosquitoes.

Last year, there were 30 reported cases of West Nile virus in Minnesota.

Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs. Last year, three CT residents were diagnosed with WNV infection.

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Approximately 1 in 150 people who experience WNV infection will experience severe neuroinvasive illness and develop severe symptoms including high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, and coma, which can lead to encephalitis or meningitis. Repellents keep the mosquitoes from biting you. Do not apply under clothing, to wounds or irritated skin, the hands of children, or to infants less than two months old. Dispose of water-holding containers, such as ceramic pots, used tires, and tire swings.

Clean and chlorinate swimming pools.

"Make sure to fix or install window and door screens to keep mosquitoes from entering your home".

Sacramento County - particularly Elk Grove, the Pocket and areas south of Fruitridge Road - have been hard hit by West Nile activity this summer, prompting aerial spraying over residential neighborhoods in July.

To test for the virus, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health conducts an adult mosquito surveillance program.

"It's a good reminder this is the time of year that we have to be concerned about West Nile regardless of where the traps are and really take precautions for ourselves".

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