Mosquitos Infected With Dangerous West Nile Virus Found in Two States

An image of several flying mosquitoes potential vectors of West Nile virus

Mosquitos Infected With Dangerous West Nile Virus Found in Two States

Earlier in June, a batch of mosquitoes tested positive for WNV.

The mosquitoes were collected off North Spring Court, near Campbell and Jupiter roads, according to Garland health officials.

If you experience symptoms of West Nile Virus, contact your medical provider.

The State of Connecticut Mosquito Management Program (MMP) announced that mosquitoes trapped in New Canaan on June 19 tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).

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The Culex pipiens mosquito encounters the disease when biting an infected bird, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All EPA-registered insect repellants are evaluated for safety and effectiveness, and will contain DEET, picaridin, IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol as the active ingredient.

Mosquitoes breed in standing water often found around homes.

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Clark County health officials are urging residents to take steps to help prevent mosquitoes from breeding and avoid mosquito bites.

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Be careful using repellent on the hands of children as it may irritate the eyes and mouth.

Wear shoes, socks, long trousers, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are more active. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label. The milder form of the illness, West Nile fever, can include fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands, or a rash. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property by emptying flower pots, old vehicle tires, buckets, and other containers. The risk is low right now because the culex tarsalis mosquito has been detected, and the risk will jump to moderate when the virus itself is detected.

Limit outdoor activity from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Plus, residents should make repairs to window screens and door screens in order to keep mosquitoes outside. People over the age of 50 are reportedly more likely to develop serious symptoms of West Nile if they do get sick.

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