Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus found in 6 locations across Orleans Parish

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus found in 6 locations across Orleans Parish

KDHE says there have been more than 600 cases of the most severe form of the virus so far this year and 30 people died between 1999-2017.

This is the state's first death from and first confirmed case of West Nile virus in 2018. For about 20 percent of those infected, though, symptoms can include fever, aches, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. "We all need to take personal precautions to protect ourselves and loved ones from mosquito bites and thus reduce our risk of infection".

West Nile is a mosquito-borne illness and there are no vaccines approved for humans.

Residents are also urged to clear standing bodies of water which can breed mosquitoes.

"Halton is committed to being safe and healthy and reducing West Nile virus in our communities through both education and preventative programs like larviciding", said Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health. The FDA recommends insect repellents with DEET or picaridin as an active ingredient, wearing long sleeves and long trousers in areas where mosquitoes are active and staying indoors, keeping window screens closed.

Many mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out. Dead birds can be important evidence of West Nile virus in the county.

The infected mosquitoes were caught on North Broad Street, Downman Road, Elysian Fields Avenue, Harrison Avenue, Mirabeau Avenue, and Paris Avenue, according to the Mosquito and Termite Control Board. However, they do note, people who have been infected are considered immune. Talk with your veterinarian about vaccinating your horse to protect them against WNV. The agency issued a warning to residents of the North Shore that the level of West Nile virus activity is moderate and increasing.

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