West Nile virus arrives early in Elkhart County

Jul 22, 2017, 00:45
West Nile virus arrives early in Elkhart County

A total of three Frisco mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus.

Staff said they've planned to visit those areas on Tuesday "to pass out mosquito protection and prevention educational materials and monitor standing water looking for mosquito larvae". "We want people to prevent themselves from getting bit and from getting West Nile", he said.

Last year, Minnesota saw more than 65 cases of West Nile across the state.

Since 2002, the county has had 58 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus with two confirmed deaths, according to a news release.

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Stay indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitos are most active.

A third mosquito trap has tested positive for West Nile Virus in Ada County this year, according to the Ada County Weed, Pest and Mosquito Abatement Department.

"This is the first positive result for Hamilton this year. A serious West Nile virus infection generally requires hospitalization". There will probably be more cases.

Make sure window and door screens keep bugs out.

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WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. They reminded residents to minimize exposure to mosquitoes and eliminate standing water that allows mosquitoes to breed. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches.

Use an EPA-registered mosquito repellent with DEET, permethrin, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

Reduce places where adult mosquitoes can thrive in your backyard, like tall grasses and weeds. Change water at least once a week in bird baths or any other containers that can't be moved.

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