Province reminds residents to protect against West Nile virus

  • Province reminds residents to protect against West Nile virus

Province reminds residents to protect against West Nile virus

Mosquitoes in Dallas, Highland Park, Irving and Mesquite have also tested positive for West Nile Virus this year.

Mosquitoes found near Alexandria, Johnstown and Harrison Township in Ohio on June 21 and 22 had the virus, test results released Wednesday from the Ohio Department of Health showed. CT residents are reminded to protect themselves from mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases. Although 8 out of 10 individuals who become infected with WNV experience no symptoms, 1 in 5 will experience febrile illness symptoms, including headache, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash, with fatigue potentially lasting for weeks.

"We see cases of West Nile virus disease in IN every year", State Health Commissioner Kris Box said.

No confirmed human cases of the virus have occurred in the county this year.

West Nile virus has been detected in the state every year since 1999.

Preventing mosquitoes from breeding by removing stagnant water from areas such as flowerpots, plastic containers, gutters, and downspouts. Drain standing water to keep mosquitoes from multiplying and cover your skin with clothing or repellent.

Mosquitoes can be more than pesky insects. The spray is not harmful to humans or pets and kills adult mosquitoes.

Limit outdoor activity from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

The response to mosquito transmitted diseases in Connecticut is a collaborative inter-agency effort involving the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Connecticut (UCONN).

"This would include using Mosquito repellent with DEET and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers".

An Owensboro sample of mosquitoes from June 18 tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Green River District Health Department.

Use insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, or PMD. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes.