MS reports first West Nile virus human case of 2018

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It said samples of mosquitoes collected from the Pooler area tested positive, showing that the virus is circulating in the local population this year.

Health unit reps say only certain types of mosquitoes spread West Nile, a potentially serious infection to humans.

No human cases of West Nile Virus have been identified in 2018 in Windsor-Essex County but a positive mosquito pool is an indicator that the virus is in the community.

Limit outdoor activity at dawn and dusk. "The most effective prevention is to dump standing water where mosquitoes breed".

The virus has been detected in CT every year since 1999.




Employees regularly count mosquitoes caught in traps located in half a dozen areas in Huron, including Winter Park, Ravine Lake Park, Kunhart Field, Sportsman's Club, the new Southtown water tower in southeast Huron and the state Game, Fish & Parks Department on the state fairgrounds.

Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. About one in five people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms.

-Mosquito-proofing your home by fixing holes in screens, windows, and doors.

"Because some mosquitoes carry West Nile virus, it's important to avoid being bitten at all".

Old tires are a ideal breeding site for mosquitoes and should be discarded.

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