Mosquitoes with West Nile virus found in Springfield

Franco Patrizia

Franco Patrizia

The West Nile Virus program in Pennsylvania reports that mosquitoes carrying the virus have turned up in The Valley.

The mosquitoes were collected off North Spring Court, near Campbell and Jupiter roads, according to Garland health officials. There were three human cases of West Nile virus reported in 2017.

As of June 27, mosquitoes in Elkhart County and Carroll County have tested positive for West Nile virus.

Curry explained that the bugs pick the virus up from birds and then transmit it to other mammals.

Using insect-repellant with DEET, IR 3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus, according to product instructions.

Mosquito season has arrived, and the pesky insect population is higher than years past. Drain standing water to keep mosquitoes from multiplying and cover your skin with clothing or repellent. Although 8 out of 10 individuals who become infected with WNV experience no symptoms, 1 in 5 will experience febrile illness symptoms, including headache, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash, with fatigue potentially lasting for weeks.

According to the Department of Health, all residents in areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of contracting West Nile encephalitis.

Cover exposed skin by wearing a hat, long sleeves, and long trousers in places where mosquitoes are especially active, such as wooded areas. We have known that West Nile virus is in our area for many years.

Be careful using repellent on the hands of children as it may irritate the eyes and mouth.

Treat standing water that can not be eliminated, such as retention ponds or drainage ditches, with a mosquito larvicide.

Residents living in the area can expect an ultra low volume of insecticide spraying from trucks running after sunset when mosquitoes are most active.

Be sure door and window screens are tight-fitting and in good fix.

People older than 50 are at greater risk of developing severe neurologic disease from West Nile infection.

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