West Nile virus found in Jackson County, IL mosquitoes

West Nile virus found in Jackson County, IL mosquitoes

West Nile virus found in Jackson County, IL mosquitoes

This is the first bird that tested positive for West Nile virus in Chippewa County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1, according to a news release posted on the county's official website.

While some West Nile infections can lead to serious health problems, health officials say most people who are infected with West Nile show no symptoms.

Rose says most of the mosquitos in Summit County don't carry the virus.

While there is no medical prevention for West Nile virus, the best prevention is to avoid mosquito bites. At this point in time there is no cure or vaccine for West Nile virus. Others - about 20 percent, the CDC reports - will get symptoms such as head and body aches, vomiting, diarrhea or a rash.

Hot weather speeds both virus growth and mosquito development, and serves as an important reminder to residents to defend themselves against West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses.

Monroe's Director of Health Nancy Brault encourages residents to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites by covering bare skin and using insect repellent when outside - especially at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Dress - Wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and trousers to reduce the amount of exposed skin.

Minimize time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. But "we are reaching peak season for West Nile virus, which is pretty much all of August".

No West Nile Virus-associated illnesses among humans have been reported in CT at this time.

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

Reduce mosquito breeding by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires and birdbaths at least once a week.

Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside, and if possible, use air conditioning.

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