Published: Wed, August 22, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Mosquito tested positive for West Nile Virus at Langley Air Force Base

Mosquito tested positive for West Nile Virus at Langley Air Force Base

West Nile virus has been found in Spokane County mosquitoes, prompting warnings for residents to take precautions.

Last week, Fort Bend County Road and Bridge was notified of one sample of trapped mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).

Officials recommend using insect repellent containing DEET; wearing loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and trousers to reduce exposed skin; limiting time outdoors; and using screens on doors and windows.

This is only the second time that public health officials have raised the risk level statewide. Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. The first human case in IL is not usually reported until July or later. They say the horses confirmed with the virus had not been vaccinated.

There are now no vaccines to prevent, nor medication to treat West Nile virus in humans.

WNV is spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito and is not transmitted person to person.

Dusk - This is the prime feeding time for mosquitos and therefore when people are most likely to get bitten. A full list of precautions is available on the health department's website. The virus can cause a fever or headache in mild cases and disorientation, tremors, paralysis and possibly death in severe cases.

"My message to horse owners is simple: vaccinate your animals and you can protect against West Nile Virus", said State Veterinarian Dr.

"So we just have to do what we need to do to take care of ourselves, wearing long sleeves, using repellents and that kind of thing", said Ayers.

Health officials warned that continued warm temperatures and standing water create a good breeding ground for mosquitoes. In communities where there are organized mosquito control programs, contact your municipal government to report areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.

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