West Nile virus found in Elkhart County

West Nile virus found in Elkhart County

It's mosquito season, and the first pests carrying West Nile Virus have been discovered in Winnipeg.

The Health Department said the traps were set on June 21 and 22 of 2018 and today they found out about the results from the Ohio Department of Health Laboratory.

Mosquitoes that were collected in the Riverview, North Street and Dumville Lane areas of Suffolk tested positive for WNV, while mosquitoes collected in Cove Point and the Lamb Avenue tested positive for EEE.

At risk populations include the elderly, and people with chronic illnesses.

WNV is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

How can humans get West Nile Virus? .

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Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites.

It's also important to dump out any standing water left over by sprinklers, as mosquitoes can lay eggs in even a very small amount of it.

If possible, stay indoors during prime mosquito biting times: dusk and dawn.

Using insect repellent registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (such as one containing DEET). Up to 20 percent of the people who show mild symptoms will have flu-like symptoms and may sometimes experience swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. An increase of this magnitude indicates that it may be an especially high-risk year for West Nile Virus. Serious illness can occur in people of any age; however, people over age 50 or people with weakened immune systems (for example, transplant patients) are at the highest risk for getting severely ill when infected with West Nile virus.

"No vaccine or specific antiviral treatments for West Nile virus infection are available", the CDC website states.

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