West Nile virus found in mosquitoes in Lake County

West Nile virus found in mosquitoes in Lake County

Last year, 104 batches of mosquitoes and one bird tested positive.

The Dauphin County Conservation District has collected additional West Nile Virus-infected mosquito samples, bringing the total to five this year.

Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes.

Certain species of mosquitoes carry WNV, which, when transmitted to people, can cause West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning.

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"Dress: Wear long sleeves, pants, and closed toe shoes when outdoors to cover your skin". When using insecticides, always follow label instructions. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing so spraying clothes with repellent will give extra protection. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician if you have questions about the use of repellent on children, as repellent is not recommended for children under the age of two months.

Local government mosquito control teams have been active in elevating spray schedules in major cities like Houston, Corpus Christi, McAllen and Brownsville, while state and local public health officials have initiated public awareness and education campaigns to encourage home and business owners to take an active role in addressing standing water caused by torrential rains that covered most of the Texas coast, June 17-23. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Residents should also make sure that their window and door screens are in good fix to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside.

Clean out birdbaths, wading pools and swimming pools.

Norfolk Department of Public Health maintains a mosquito hotline for residents by calling 757-683-2914, option #4. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

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