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Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Winnebago County

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Winnebago County”

Williams County Vector Control director Fran Bosch says last Friday, the Department of Health confirmed West Nile in tests Vector Control sent to them each week from both sides of the river in Williams and McKenzie Counties. To protect patient confidentiality, the department is not releasing additional details. Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News AppRoughly 20 percent of people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.

This past week, some of the Culex tarsalis mosquitoes caught in surveillance traps were found to be infected with West Nile virus.

"Usually we detect West Nile virus in dead birds first, but this year we've been getting very few dead bird reports from the public, so we haven't had many to test", said Schutz. "We see most cases of West Nile virus from July through November, but you can still enjoy the outdoors by reducing mosquito populations around your home and through proper use of repellents".

Right now, lab tests in the western part of North Dakota are showing an abundance of mosquitoes carrying West Nile.

Officials also recommend wearing long sleeves and trousers as well as using repellent when outdoors.

Over the past five years, 25 cases of West Nile were reported across the state. Other mosquito-borne viruses transmitted in the state that cause human illness include LaCrosse and Eastern equine encephalitis viruses.

"People who work outside, especially at dusk and dawn, and those who are camping over the next few weeks are at higher risk of being bitten by mosquitoes and should pay particular attention to preventing these bites".

Officials are advising the public to remove standing water as well.

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