West Nile virus, first detected in birds and mosquito samples in Suffolk County in 1999 and again each year thereafter, is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The first case was reported in late June.
Communities across America fight mosquitoes in the most efficient way possible, by spraying large areas with insecticide. If it rains, the spraying may move to Wednesday.
The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a crow found in southwestern Sussex County by the mosquito patrol of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control tested positive last week for the virus.
Suttorp says wearing protective clothing and appropriate insect repellent will help reduce your chances of contracting West Nile virus.
Spraying occurred in Adams County approximately a dozen times previous year, she said.
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Paul Byers says most infections of the mosquito-borne disease happen from July to December.
The health department says no human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Marion County so far this year. Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash, and fatigue. To help prevent mosquitoes from breeding, BPHC advises residents to empty standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.
The parish urges residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites by limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, using EPA-approved repellents and reducing the number of mosquitoes by emptying water-filled containers.
Keep mosquitoes from laying eggs inside and outside of your home. "Mosquitoes activity is going to increase and so taking the time now.making sure your family has a good mosquito repellant.making sure that your doors and windows are in good working order are steps that they can take to protect themselves as we continue into hotter months". If owners notice any of these signs in their horses, they should contact their veterinarian immediately.