Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in St. Louis County

Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in St. Louis County

Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in St. Louis County

The Chippewa County Health Department reports a dead crow found in Chippewa County on June 28 has tested positive for West Nile virus.

West Nile virus can be spread to people through mosquito bites, but it is not spread from person to person. Mosquitoes become carriers for the disease after they feed on an infected bird, which acts as a host for the disease. "We must use this unfortunate event as a reminder that West Nile virus is still here", said Duane Holder, Interim Health Director. Approximately one in 150 people who catch the virus develop symptoms such as encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, and meningitis, which is swelling of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord. The majority of people infected with WNV will not show any symptoms; 20 percent develop a mild illness, which may include fever, body and muscle aches, headache, nausea, vomiting and rash.

"People who work outside, especially at dusk and dawn, and those who are camping over the next few weeks are at higher risk of being bitten by mosquitoes and should pay particular attention to preventing these bites". "Mosquito populations are building and will continue to do so, especially with the persistence of hot-muggy weather".

Dress appropriately. Wear long sleeves and long trousers (wear light-weight clothing to minimize the potential for heat-induced illnesses).

Defending yourself - use repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.

Dusk/Dawn - Avoid dusk and dawn activities during the summer when mosquitoes are most active.

The West Nile Virus has been detected in three counties in Northern Utah.

Remove standing water to reduce areas where mosquitos can breed in areas such as gutters, birdbaths and pet water dishes.

Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.

Glynn County is being actively treated for mosquitoes.

No human cases have been reported this year, but the St. Louis County Department of Public Health said the key is to take preventative measures.

If you use sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and inspect repellent second.

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