Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus found in Jeffersonville

10 Août, 2018, 18:50 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • Cases of West Nile Virus have been confirmed in 36 states including California Florida Georgia Iowa Louisiana Massachusetts Minnesota North Carolina and Texas according to the CDC

No human or animal cases of West Nile virus have been detected in the state this year.

The Health Department said the public can assist in identifying areas with water which could become potential breeding sites for the mosquitos, which lay their eggs in water. In each case the people had no symptoms at the time of donating blood through a blood collection agency, but whose blood tested positive when screened for the presence of West Nile virus. But this is the first positive sample for 2018.

If you have any ponds on your property, the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District offers free mosquito fish that help eat mosquito larvae. The health department will also continue spraying pesticides until this year's first "freezing" temperatures.

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She said precautions like wearing long sleeves and socks should be taken, even when just going into the backyard, when mosquitoes are most likely to be active.

State officials recommend people use mosquito repellent and wear protective clothing.

Although most people don't develop symptoms, approximately 20 percent of those infected will develop an infection known as West Nile Fever, according to the CDC. The patients did not travel out of the state before becoming ill. Those places include clogged gutters, old tires, failing septic systems and abandoned swimming pools.

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