Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile | Regional

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile | Regional

Health officials say 80 percent of people who contract West Nile will not get sick. So far there have been none reported in Jefferson and Orleans Parish.

Nineteen municipalities this year, including Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury and Bridgeport, have had mosquitoes that tested positive. Milder symptoms include fever, headache and muscle aches.

- When possible, wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts while outside.

-Properly dispose of items around your property that hold water, such as tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or discarded tires.

Mosquitoes acquire the virus by biting infected birds and transmit the virus to people through a subsequent bite.

"Any time you are sick, consult with a health care provider, especially during the time of the year we might see more mosquito activity", she said. According to the CDC, most people infected with EEE do not show illness. To date no cases of Zika in the state have been linked with local mosquito or human transmission.

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DEET - Cover exposed skin with an insect repellent containing the DEET, which is the most effective repellent against mosquito bites. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds.

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Two earlier samples were found in Northfield earlier in July.

Mosquitoes collected in the town tested positive for West Nile virus recently, and the Vermont Department of Health wants folks to be informed about the potential risks and effects. There have been no reported human cases of the virus in the county this year.

Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, DCHHS interim director, said: "Dallas not only conducts active surveillance to detect WNV and monitor infection rates locally but also educates the community to take preventative action". Consult with a pediatrician or family physician if you have questions about the use of repellent on children, as repellent is not recommended for children younger than 2 months.

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