West Nile virus detected in mosquitoes in Bernalillo County

West Nile virus detected in mosquitoes in Bernalillo County

The latest data from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment identifies 83 Kansas counties in a "high risk" for West Nile virus. "It's a good way to remind people that the mosquitoes come back every summer, we're finding West Nile in them every year".

Shaun May, environmental health director says, "Now that West Nile virus has been found in Larimer County, it is time to be proactive". This keeps young mosquitoes from becoming flying, biting adults. "Take the time to check your property, and make sure you don't have standing water that might allow mosquitoes to breed and contribute to the spread of West Nile virus".

Reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk, when the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus are most active.

According to Health Canada, 70 to 80 percent of people who get infected with the virus have no symptoms. This is the first case of West Nile that has been discovered this year.

Mild symptoms, including fever, headache, and body aches, usually occur between two to 15 days after infection.

On Tuesday, the region of Peel released a public announcement that residents of the area of Brampton should use extra caution to protect themselves from mosquito bites for the rest of this mosquito season.

Dress in long sleeves and trousers to minimize bitable skin surface. Measures include placing larvicide in areas with standing water, like in storm drains. Throughout the county, technicians routinely trap mosquitoes that are tested for viruses. They also recommend taking precaution when you're outdoors.

It's a process that most county health departments in the state complete.

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