Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus found in the San Fernando Valley

Ben Davidson
August 2, 2018

Last year, the program found 29 West Nile-carrying mosquitoes in Berkshire County.

The state department of health confirms three new cases of the West Nile virus, two in Hinds County and one in Itawamba County. "It is important that people be conscientious about self-protection whenever they are outside during the evening hours".

There was a human case of West Nile recorded previous year in La Salle County.

One of the Toronto residents were diagnosed with West Nile fever.

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Symptoms of WNV infection are often mild and may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. In a small number of cases, infection can result in encephalitis or meningitis, which can lead to paralysis, coma and possibly death. He was hospitalized when he began exhibiting symptoms, but has since been discharged and is recovering at home.

There are some precautions to protect against West Nile. Fix or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Eliminate, or refresh each week, all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, pet bowls, clogged rain gutters, wading pools, old tires and any other containers.

To prevent bites, and the risk of disease transmission, the District recommends EPA‐registered repellents that have been shown to be both safe and effective when used according to label directions: DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Nowhere in the state is the risk level above moderate as of July 28, the most recent information available from the state Public Health Laboratory.

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