West Nile Virus detected in Grant County mosquito sample

West Nile Virus detected in Grant County mosquito sample

Biologist Jim Lunders with Jackson County Vector Control says the earliest we'd usually see West Nile Virus is mid-to-late July.

"The county's WNV Control Program is increasing surveillance and control measures to reduce the mosquito population and prevent the virus from spreading", said Dauphin County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jeff Haste, who oversees the Conservation District. Previous year there were 68 human cases in Nebraska and two deaths. Last year, 63 counties in IL reported a West Nile virus positive mosquito batch, bird and/or human case.

The risk of disease due to the virus usually increases at this time of year and is highest throughout the summer and early fall.

There's another few days until the first day of summer, but mosquitos carrying the West Nile Virus have already appeared in the Bay Area, according to Santa Clara County public health officials.

There are no human cases so far.

Department of Public Health issued the following announcement on June 23.

West Nile virus is transmitted to people through the bite of a mosquito. In rare severe case, the symptoms are meningitis, encephalitis or death, according to IDPH. "West Nile virus can cause serious illness in some people so it's important that you take precautions like wearing insect repellent and getting rid of stagnant water around your home". DHHS and LLCHD encourage citizens to report dead birds to the agencies, so the birds can be tested.

"We can't stress the draining of standing water enough", he said. Eliminate, or refresh each week, all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires and any other containers.

Heavy rain tends to disrupt mosquito breeding spots, and warmer temperatures tend to speed up both the life cycle of mosquitoes and the replication of West Nile virus, Blackford said.



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