Sunday, 22 October, 2017

West Nile Virus Confirmed in Mosquitoes from Marion

EEE detected in Chatham County, residents urged to take ... - Wsav TV West Nile virus findings prompt mosquito warning for SL County residents
Sammy Stanley | 22 July, 2017, 00:40

Statewide, in 2016, 6,414 mosquito samples were tested for WNV and 189 samples were positive.

West Nile virus has been detected in Orleans Parish. Officials add that last year's first human case was also reported in June, and that 155 human cases were reported throughout the year, including six deaths.

However, government spokesperson Kathy Young stressed it's unclear whether this is a current infection, as the results may be from a previous year or a reaction from other viruses. The man in his 20s became ill on July 8 with a headache, body ache, and a stiff neck-symptoms consistent with the virus.

Use air-conditioning and make sure window and door screens are in good fix to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside.

The virus is transmitted through bites from mosquitoes that picked up the virus from an infected bird.

The types of mosquitoes that can carry these viruses are most active throughout the evening and night, from dusk until dawn.

The mayor's office said the Mosquito and Termite Control Board will "aggressively" apply insecticides by airplane and truck and apply larvicide to storm drains and standing water.

Change water in birdbaths, fountains, wading pools, and animal troughs weekly.

Earlier this month, the board and Health Department started its door-to-door outreach to remind residents about mosquito breeding and standing water hazards.

When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long trousers and a long sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions.

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