West Nile Virus found in JP

  • West Nile Virus found in JP

West Nile Virus found in JP

Another crow collected in Sussex County also was reported as WNV-positive four days later. He said his crew was done with scheduled spraying, but would spray an area if citizens called reporting mosquitoes. If it rains, the spraying may move to Wednesday.

The Board of Health is helping to education the public on how to eliminate mosquito breeding sites and to protect against bites.

The health department's Mosquito Control program collects mosquitoes from traps around the county to monitor the population and test for West Nile virus each year.

The District asks residents who find a dead bird to report it to the statewide West Nile Virus Hotline online or by calling (877) WNV-BIRD (968-2473).

Officials say the peak time for transmission is from mid-August into mid-October and in most years, evidence of the virus is first found upstate later in the season.

Prevention is the best way to protect yourself and your loves ones from West Nile and other mosquito-borne illnesses.

Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long trousers and socks when outdoors, particularly at dawn and dusk and in areas with large numbers of mosquitoes. It also asked residents to remove clutter, including buckets, tarps and tires, that can hold standing water. "Finding the virus in birds indicates that West Nile Virus is present in the local mosquito population, and residents of Washburn County need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites" said Nickell. Most people who get infected with West Nile Virus will have either no symptoms or mild symptoms.

Symptoms of severe illness include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. A quick cover-to-cover read to catch up on the news of the week and experience great stories about our local communities.