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DeKalb health officials report first West Nile -positive mosquitoes in 2019

DeKalb health officials report first West Nile -positive mosquitoes in 2019”

One mosquito batch collected during the week of July 22 in the Steeles Avenue West and McLaughlin Road area in Brampton tested positive for the virus.

Mosquito numbers are abundant in many areas of the County.

"Now that West Nile virus has been found in Larimer County, it is time to be proactive", said Shaun May, Larimer County environmental health director, in a press release.

No human cases of WNV have been reported in Colorado so far this year. "Take the time to check your property, and make sure you don't have standing water that might allow mosquitoes to breed and contribute to the spread of West Nile virus".

She also set traps in the woods to capture mosquitoes that would be tested.

Drain - Remove standing water in your yard or garden to minimize mosquito breeding areas. However, the disease can be transferred to a human if they are bitten by an infected mosquito.

Routine testing conducted by the Nevada Department of Agriculture last week found three positive mosquito pools for West Nile virus in Churchill County.

The mosquitoes are placed into test tubes, then, into a grinder - where they are turned into a slurry mix.

If you suspect you have a West Nile virus infection, contact a health care provider immediately.

Nowlan said the goal is to detect the virus as early as possible, then to educate the public on what they can do to protect themselves from getting sick.

West Nile virus can cause a variety of symptoms in humans, including headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea and rash, although most infected people (about 80 percent) do not develop any symptoms, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Apply an approved insect repellent containing an ingredient effective against mosquitoes, such as DEET or icaridin, to exposed skin and clothing. This keeps young mosquitoes from becoming flying, biting adults.

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