Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

Officials say two pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus West Nile virus found in Ada County Officials say two pools of mosquitoes have tested posi
Isabel Fisher | 11 August, 2018, 11:40

Dallas County in Texas is the latest community in the United States of America to report West Nile virus cases during 2018. Around one person out of 5 West Nile infected people develops symptoms such as fever among others while around one out of 150 people develop symptoms such as swelling of the brain or the brain tissue, which in certain rare cases, can result in the person dying. Drain such areas around your home (gutters, pools, tires, buckets, water bowls, etc.). Long trousers and sleeves are also an important way to cut down on possible exposure to mosquitoes. While the majority of people infected with WNV have no symptoms, the virus can cause serious symptoms in some people, especially those over 65 years old and those who are immunocompromised.

Stay inside when mosquitoes are active. Signs of infection in horses include fever (although not always with WNV), anorexia, head pressing, depression or personality change, wobbling or staggering, weakness, blindness, convulsions, muscle spasms in the head and neck, or hind-limb weakness.

Similar to other arboviruses, previous infection with West Nile Virus can provide long-term immunity to the virus, however, the level of protection may wane over time. "When you get a lot of rain it produces a lot of habitat for mosquitoes to reproduce themselves, and when you have a lot of heat they do that more quickly".

DEET - Cover exposed skin with an insect repellent containing the DEET, which is the most effective repellent against mosquito bites.


Earlier this month, DNREC's Mosquito Control Section found Delaware's first EEE-positive sentinel chicken for 2018 in a station in Sussex County. In addition to human cases, one horse, 10 birds and 34 mosquito pools have also tested positive for the virus.

Six human cases of West Nile have been reported so far this year in Louisiana.

The best defense against WNV is bite prevention.

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