Spraying ensues after West Nile found in buzzing pests

  • Spraying ensues after West Nile found in buzzing pests

Spraying ensues after West Nile found in buzzing pests

KEELPNO said the patients are from western Attica, but noted that the virus' circulation areas in the current season can not be safely predicted, as WNV's epidemiology is determined by many factors.

Mosquitoes trapped on the South Shore of MA have been confirmed carriers of West Nile virus, health officials said. Humans that are bitten by an infected mosquito may show symptoms 3 to 15 days after being bitten.

"The first West Nile virus positive mosquitoes of the season have been identified", said Dr. Philip Armstrong, Medical Entomologist at the CAES. About 80 percent of people who are infected will not show any symptoms.

Symptoms of West Nile include fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.

EEE is a very rare disease that affects only 5-10 humans annually in the U.S. Infection in humans begins with mild flu-like symptoms that progress into disorientation, seizures, coma, encephalitis (an inflammation of the brain) and in most severe cases, death.

Since its discovery in 1999, the virus has been found in over 300 species of birds around the US, according to the CDC. Many people who survive will have mild to severe brain damage.

Mosquito Control Operations are intensifying their efforts.

Use insect repellants containing DEET according to the label instructions.

Homeowners should drain standing water where mosquitoes could lay eggs and fix screens when necessary.

Properly dispose of used tires.

No human cases of the virus have turned up this year in Pennsylvania, but in previous years, humans have contracted the disease.

- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use and remove any water that may collect on pool covers.

More information on WNV and EEE can be find here and here.