Local Mosquitos Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Chatham Co. West Nile virus activity continues to surge

Health Chatham Co. West Nile virus activity continues to surge Source WTOC

Officials say symptoms can include fever-like illnesses.

Be especially careful when doing outdoor activities at dusk and dawn, when mosquitos are most active.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes.

West Nile Virus has been found in Northwestern U.S. states for a number of years now.

Natrona County Weed and Pest Control will conduct aerial spray after mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus were discovered west of Natrona County International Airport on August 9.

These pesky summer bugs are out in full force and they're sure to get under your skin as temperatures stay high and rain continues to fall.

There is no treatment, cure, or human vaccination for the virus. The person is a resident of Dakota County, however, the person had some travel history to consider.

· Use insect repellent that contains DEET.

· Wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts when possible.

Along with wearing long sleeves and long trousers and using bug repellent, the CDC additionally recommends controlling mosquitoes inside and outside your own home by putting screens on windows and doorways and preventing mosquitoes from laying eggs in water or near water.

Generally, the mosquito season extends from late April until mid-October, with the end usually signaled by the first freeze in the fall.

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services announced on Wednesday that West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes in three counties, Cascade, Sheridan and Yellowstone. To report nuisance mosquitoes, click on "Mosquito Complaints" in the "What you Can Do" section on the webpage.

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