Mosquitoes with West Nile virus found in Louisville

Florence Lopez
August 5, 2018

State public health officials and the governor's office warned people on Thursday about increased West Nile virus activity.

According to the Department of Public Health and Environment, the Mead resident became ill on July 27 and was hospitalized the next day.

Beadle County is one of five counties with mosquito detections, meaning that of the Culex Tarsalis (virus carriers) mosquitoes the city of Huron has collected and sent to Pierre there were some that were positive for West Nile. Less than 1 percent of those people contracting the virus will develop severe symptoms.

"We are very concerned by the amount of West Nile virus we are seeing at this point in the summer season, and we urge the people of CT to take the threat posed by mosquitoes that carry the virus seriously", Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino said. There has only been one case of death associated with the virus since 2015. Those most susceptible are people 50 years old and older and those whose immunity is suppressed because of a disease such as cancer or diabetes.

There are no reported human cases at this time. The symptoms of WNV include high fever, neck stiffness, headache, disorientation, coma, tremors, muscle weakness and paralysis. There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent West Nile Virus.

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DRAIN standing water around your house weekly. Bird baths, clogged gutters and kiddie pools are common breeding sites. "It's extremely important to avoid getting bit by mosquitoes".

Be particularly careful at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Residents are urged to use mosquito repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.

To combat the risk of infection, residents are advised to use mosquito repellent, wear long trousers and sleeves to cover exposed skin, and avoid areas where mosquitoes congregate.

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