Mosquitos in ME test positive for West Nile virus

Mosquitos in ME test positive for West Nile virus

Mosquitos in ME test positive for West Nile virus

The health agency says it bases its risk assessment model on temperature, mosquito surveillance data, and human cases from the previous year (2017). "Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes that may be infected with West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases".

OPH is targeting areas where the county is seeing the disease-carrying mosquitoes and will continue to conduct adult mosquito control events.

The press release cites the four D's as the best way to prevent mosquito bites, and the various illnesses they can spread.

West Nile virus, first identified in Uganda, was initially detected in the United States in New York City in 1999 and was found in MA the next year.

- Use an EPA-approved repellent on skin and clothes - always follow the instructions on the label. "It's important for everyone to continue taking precautions like using insect repellent, wearing long sleeve shirts and trousers, and staying indoors between dusk and dawn". The health department has found a 400 percent increase in the number of mosquitoes that transmit the disease. VDH has received reports of WNV [West Nile Virus] from multiple regions of the state for a combined total of 12 human cases in 2018.

Doors - Make sure doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly, and fix torn or damaged screens to keep mosquitoes out of the house. There have been confirmed cases in CT this season as well.

Now that West Nile virus has been reported here on the Island, the importance of taking preventative measures is all the more palpable. A Pearl River County resident's infection was confirmed in July.

Most of Kansas is at high risk for West Nile virus, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

West Nile has impacted 58 IL counties this year in animal and mosquito cases.

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