Mosquitoes in Perth County Test Positive For WNV

Ben Davidson
August 11, 2018

What are the symptoms of West Nile?

Similar to other arboviruses, previous infection with West Nile Virus can provide long-term immunity to the virus, however, the level of protection may wane over time.

St. Louis County has its first confirmed case of West Nile Virus this year. So far there have been none reported in Jefferson and Orleans Parish.

Symptoms usually develop between two and 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Unfortunately, the West Nile mosquitoes have spread. County workers then capture and test mosquitoes from those areas to see whether they're infected.

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In the meantime, topical insecticides and eliminating standing water may help decrease your horse's exposure to mosquitoes. Remove trash and clutter, including discarded waste tires, buckets, tarps and any other items that could collect water.

DRAIN STANDING WATER-Standing water is the flawless breeding ground for mosquitoes. Make sure swimming pools and fountains are operational and circulating.

DEET - Cover exposed skin with an insect repellent containing the DEET, which is the most effective repellent against mosquito bites. Symptoms of these diseases might include headache, rash, high fever, stiff neck, mental confusion, muscle weakness, tremors, convulsions, coma, and paralysis. They are monitoring and treating standing water in public areas as part of a pest management program.

As of Wednesday, North Dakota reported 18 human WNV cases, up 14 cases since July 30. West Nile virus is now established in OH where cases occur each year and seasonal epidemics can flare up under certain conditions in the summer and continue into the fall. About 1 in 150 people who are infected develop a severe illness affecting the central nervous system such as encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord).

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