Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Officials provide tips for avoiding West Nile virus

Officials provide tips for avoiding West Nile virus

West Nile virus "can only be transmitted by the bite of an insect", she said. Soucy added, "We have West Nile in the state every year". As of now, no human cases have been reported in Delco. So far zero human cases have been reported. People who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay, or robin should contact the health department, which will determine if the bird will be picked up for testing. Nearly all South Dakota Counties are projected to have a higher than average risk with exceptions for the northeast and southwest corners of the state.

Four blood donors have been detected with virus in their blood.

The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed 24 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile Virus. "If you prevent the bite, you prevent the illness".

The health officials said that they are also investigating the other virus such as Zika. The sprayers were out the next night, and another count was taken the following day. Residents can reduce the risk of contracting West Nile by using repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR 3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus when outdoors the rest of the summer and into fall. CT residents developed WNV-associated illness, the cases were not fatal. These are the first positive mosquitoes identified by the Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station (CAES) in Greenwich this year.

For more information: The Town of Greenwich Mosquito Management Brochure is available throughout the community and on the Town's Website.

"In other words, we still recommend mosquito control and warnings to the public when possible".

An Ohio Department of Health spokesman said it's up to the Youngstown City Health District to determine the next steps for responding to a mosquito carrying the West Nile virus found on the East Side.

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