Two West Nile Cases Reported In Montana

Dawn and dusk - Stay indoors during the early morning and evening, when West-Nile-positive mosquitoes bite the most often.

"While Utah County does not now have any confirmed human cases of West Nile virus, this is a great reminder to residents of the importance of taking steps to protect themselves from mosquitoes", said Utah County Health Department executive director Ralph Clegg.

A mosquito pool is a group of mosquitoes caught and tested from a single trap. The mosquito sample was taken from the Cheshire area in northwest Flagstaff.

Central Valley surveillance map of mosquitoes (pink), sentinel chicken (blue) and dead birds (green) that tested positive as of August 28, 2019.

The board recommends wearing protective clothing or repellent to prevent bites when outside and getting rid of standing water outside or around your home. Crist said the agency "is working closely with local health departments, vector control agencies and the CDC to increase our surveillance of these mosquito-borne diseases".

Wearing light-coloured and tightly woven clothing such as long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks to protect exposed skin. Fix or replace screens that have tears or other openings.

Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.

The virus can cause fever, headaches, body aches and nausea to more serious things like inflammation of the brain or spinal cord in rare instances. If people experience symptoms, they should contact a healthcare provider.

Even though there have not been any human cases of West Nile in Ottawa this year, OPH still wants to reminds residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

There is no available treatment for WNV infection other than supportive care. CCHHS encourages horse owners to discuss vaccinations with their veterinarian.

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