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DNR asking MI hunters to submit ruffed grouse for West Nile testing

DNR asking MI hunters to submit ruffed grouse for West Nile testing”

All have the non-neuroinvasive form of the illness.

An ongoing study into the impact of the West Nile Virus on the species is in need of more birds to be tested.

Mosquitoes can also transmit West Nile virus to horses and occasionally to other animals. Meanwhile, states in the mid-Atlantic-including New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania-reported more cases than usual. People over age 50 and those with diabetes or hypertension are more likely to develop the most serious symptoms.

Around California, 43 birds and 1,371 mosquito samples have tested positive for the virus.

West Nile virus activity became widespread enough in Davis a year ago that officials with the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District briefly considered aerial insecticide spraying over the city in mid-August. This round of spraying will target the far North End of the city, including the areas surrounding the New Bedford Business Park, New Bedford Regional Airport, Sassaquin Pond, and Acushnet Avenue north of Phillips Avenue.

"With the warmer temperatures, we've seen recently West Nile virus activity continues to increase", Goodman said.

Though these are the first traces of West Nile Virus detected in Yolo County, the District has collected 16 mosquitoes and 12 dead birds infected with the virus in Sacramento County this summer, and said West Nile activity has been present in nearbyPlacer and San Joaquin Counties as well.

Symptoms of both West Nile and St. Louis Encephalitis are similar, the health department said in a news release, and it is possible the four patients actually have St. Louis Encephalitis.

Health officials warn people against keeping standing water on their property and advocating for wearing mosquito repellent.

Use mosquito repellent, following label directions carefully. At home, look for holes in screens or windows that allow pests to get indoors.

Haught also encourages residents to drain standing water and fix door and window screens with holes. Crows and magpies are particularly susceptible to the disease, so they make excellent early warning sentinels for virus activity in the area, the vector control district said.

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