West Nile virus confirmed in Gwinnett County

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   VIRUS The disease is spread by mosquitoes who have previously fed on infected birds

GETTY VIRUS The disease is spread by mosquitoes who have previously fed on infected birds

Earlier this month, officials with the Department of Health in Duval County issued warnings about the potential spread of mosquito-borne diseases after West Nile was found in several sentinel chicken flocks.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture confirmed the first positive cases of West Nile Virus in Ohio horses for 2018.

The City of Ottawa also says West Nile Virus has been spotted in local mosquitoes.

Scientists have been conducting mosquito testing and their results show that an alarming amount of the insects are carrying West Nile Virus.

Ratard said 1,054 people in Louisiana have come down with the most serious form of the disease over the past 16 years.




As always make sure you wear mosquito repellent, long sleeves and trousers to reduce the risk of getting bitten. Limit mosquitoes in your home by ensuring windows and door screens fit tightly and don't have holes.

The infected mosquitoes were collected in the town last week.

Reduce the chance of a bite and the number of places for mosquitoes to breed by eliminating shallow containers of standing water and refreshing bird baths daily. "Paying attention to like dusk and dawn, which is when they're out the most", Skuza said.

Cover up your exposed skin with long trousers and long sleeves. Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store indoors when not in use. Bug repellents containing DEET or Icaridin should be used on anyone over two years of age. Use as directed and consult a physician before using repellents on infants. If they're not, fix any broken screens as needed to keep the pests out of your house. The Health Ministry was criticized Wednesday of failing to report the case, which was revealed by the Kan public broadcaster.

The CDC has reported human cases of West Nile in 40 states this summer.

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