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West Nile on the rise in Morrow County

West Nile on the rise in Morrow County

As the summer begins to wind down, staff at the Brant County Health Unit want to remind people to take steps to protect against West Nile virus and Lyme disease.

David Heft, general manager of the Turlock district (which serves the West Side of Stanislaus County), said the discovery comes as the peak mosquito season is arriving in the area.

There are some common ways to help reduce the risk of being bitten by a mosquito carrying West Nile. All four cases were in adults. Symptoms include fever, headaches and muscle aches. At that same time, two birds in Shawnee County also tested positive for West Nile virus. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends products with DEET as the active ingredient, along with Picaridin, IR3535, as well as certain oils from lemon and eucalyptus products, which they classify as safe and effective. To optimize safety and effectiveness, repellents should be used according to the label instructions.

Most people infected with West Nile virus experience no symptoms or have only mild symptoms, such as fever and headache.

Wear loose, light-colored, long clothing to cover the arms and legs when outdoors. Don't apply repellents containing permethrin directly to the skin.

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Remove all sources of standing water around your home and yard to prevent mosquito breeding.

Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors.

West Nile Virus infections in humans have been reported from June through October; however, most reported becoming ill with West Nile Virus in August and September. Individuals who think they may have a West Nile Virus related illness should visit their healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Officials in MA say another batch of mosquitoes tests positive for West Nile Virus in Pittsfield. Trapped mosquitos are tested for the virus, along with Zika and St. Louis encephalitis.

Workers with the mosquito program are activity setting up traps.


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