West Nile Virus found in Erie

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Apply an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol to clothes and exposed skin.

Chatham County Mosquito Control reported finding West Nile Virus (WNV) in mosquitoes in midtown Savannah as well as a significant increase in WNV in the mosquito population in eastern Chatham County.

In a statement from the Erie County Department of Health, the organization announced that they have confirmed that a mosquito pool collected on July 25th in Millcreek Township has tested positive for West Nile.

One of these cases took place in Jefferson County and the other in Phillips County.

Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus have been found in Noblesville.

Recovery could take months and about 10 percent of people who develop neurological infections due to West Nile virus will die, the CDC said.

Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of the home.

"We've received so much rain that large standing water is not getting stagnate where mosquito larvae are hatching".

Mosquitoes are repelled by high winds, so electric fans may provide some relief at outdoor events.

Culex tarsalis are stealth mosquitoes.

"While several cases of West Nile virus are reported each summer, all previously reported human cases have been directly related to travel outside the region", said Dave Hylsky, staff epidemiologist for the district.

To gear up in the fight against Culex tarsalis, apply insect repellent and wear light-coloured, loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and trousers. With rest and fluids, most people recover in a few days. People over the age of 50 are at the highest risk for a severe disease. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment notes that while West Nile can not be spread from person-to-person, there have been cases of individuals getting the virus from blood transfusions, organ transplants, and from mother-to-baby during the birthing process.

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