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Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus detected in NYC

Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus detected in NYC”

However, due to recent flooding combined with extreme heat, there has been a large increase in mosquito populations which is a factor in determining the risk for mosquito-borne illnesses.

While AHS says there have not yet been any reported cases of the virus this year, they're advising Albertans to be careful around mosquitoes this summer to reduce their risk of infection. Last year, the CDC reported 2,647 human cases and 167 deaths.

Though there's plenty of skeeters now buzzing around Edmonton, with more expected over the coming weeks, that doesn't necessarily mean that there's more insects infected with West Nile.

A follow-up test of trapped mosquitoes from the same positive location in Canyon County returned negative for West Nile virus on Wednesday.

Local residents can register to receive email notifications whenever a new list of sampling results is published on the PA West Nile Virus Control Program website.

Even if you've received a lot of mosquito bites, Maruti says there's no need to worry unless you start displaying symptoms.

"The first thing is to make sure we go around our house and we don't have any containers that will be containing water", he said.

Residents who notice an area that seems flawless for mosquito breeding should contact Maricopa County Environmental Services. "Many hosts and vectors use light cues to coordinate daily and seasonal rhythms, which is among the most reliable environmental cues, and disruption of these rhythms by light exposure at night could affect immune responses, generating the effects we see here".

The second step is to prevent mosquito bites. "That's when the mosquitoes that could carry West Nile are most active". The virus has always been present in Africa, West and Central Asia and the Middle East.

From 2003 to 2018, 532 cases of West Nile virus were confirmed in Alberta, many of which were acquired in the province and not travel-related.

Visit the AZDHS website for more information on the history of West Nile in Arizona and prevention techniques.

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