Friday, 15 December, 2017

LA County reports 2017's first case of West Nile virus

West Nile Virus West Nile Virus
Marlene Weaver | 11 August, 2017, 03:38

Because the virus generally appears and grows in IL bird and mosquito populations before it is transmitted to humans, monitoring bird and mosquito populations helps predict when and where humans will be at risk for West Nile virus infection as well as where and when additional precautions and control measures should be taken.

The 52 year old man spent time in the hospital and recovered after being treated.

More West Nile virus activity has been reported in Contra Costa County with the confirmation today of a dead bird in Walnut Creek and a group of mosquitoes in Byron testing positive for the virus. "They are our partners in mounting a defence against mosquitoes that can carry West Nile Virus and preventing people from becoming ill".

Horse owners can reduce mosquito populations and possible breeding areas by removing stagnant water sources and keeping horses inside during insect feeding times, typically early morning and in the evening. July was a wet month with numerous storms and heavy rainfall.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit monitors about 260 standing water sites on public property for West Nile, and applies a biological larvicide where vector mosquito larvae is found. For a current list of West Nile virus activity this year, visit this page on the district's website.

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There's been at least one other case of West Nile virus in California this year.

The first batch of the year that tested positive was collected June 20 from a Lake in the Hills trap.

It is important to protect yourself by avoiding mosquitoes. Mosquito repellents that contain the active ingredients DEET, Picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus work best. Change water in birdbaths, fountains, kiddie pools, and animal troughs at least twice a week.

Vaccines in horses have proven to be a very effective prevention tool.

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