Mosquitoes in Burlington test positive for West Nile virus

Mosquitoes in Burlington test positive for West Nile virus

Grant County has the highest number of mosquito samples that have tested positive for West Nile Virus in Washington state, according to Washington Department of Health officials.

North Carolina first reported West Nile virus in two people in 2002 and the first death from the infection in 2003, according to CDC data.

The New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board collected mosquitoes from streets in Orleans Parish that tested positive for West Nile.

In the past week, some of the mosquitoes that were caught in traps in the Estevan areas were infected with the deadly virus.

Unfortunately, there are no medications or vaccines to treat West Nile, but people who have had the virus before are considered immune. However, about 20 percent of people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Mosquitoes get the virus by feeding on infected birds, and are then able to pass it on to other birds and mammals when they bite.

Weather conditions here have been "ideal for Culex tarsalis-really hot and on the dry side", he said.

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Cover up by wearing light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and trousers with tightly-woven fabric.

It is not known if the victim lived in Robeson County, said Bill Smith, county Health Department director.

Minimize time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Reduce mosquito exposure by limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.

"I think that should not necessarily alarm people but certainly should alert them to take maybe additional precautions, protect their families, apply DEET containing bug spray and empty any standing water on their property", Prather says.

To avoid getting mosquitoes in your house, make sure windows are tightly closed and to replace screens with holes in them.

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