Mosquitoes in Boise, Garden City Test Positive for West Nile

West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Perth County traps

First West Nile death of 2018 in Dallas County reported, officials confirm

The following year, the first human cases and deaths were reported.

Mosquitoes from two traps tested positive for the virus Tuesday.

Infections may result in fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes.

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Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, birdbaths, old vehicle tires, rain gutters and pet bowls. Wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and use repellant with deet. The homeowners should make sure that there is no standing areas of water near their properties as well as water fountains, plant containers and pet dishes. While the majority of people infected with WNV have no symptoms, the virus can cause serious symptoms in some people, especially those over 65 years old and those who are immunocompromised. According to the CDC, most people infected with EEE do not show illness. Mosquitoes can become infected when they feed on the blood from infected birds. Use of commonly sold insect repellents, like those using DEET, Picaridin or other EPA-registered repellents, can cut down on mosquito bites, and possible exposure to the virus, according to the DEP.

Protecting yourself from mosquito bites is more important that ever. The virus is life-threatening for the elderly.

In recent weeks, Austin Public Health has seen an increase in mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile Virus in the Austin area.

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Infected samples have been found in the city of Harrisburg, Conewago Township, East Hanover Township, Derry Township, Halifax Township, Lower Paxton Township, Londonderry Township, Lykens borough, Middle Paxton Township, Millersburg borough, Paxtang borough, Susquehanna Township, Swatara Township, Washington Township and West Hanover Township. There have been no reported human cases of the virus in the county this year. Horse and large animal owners are encouraged to vaccinate their animals against the virus and to clean out watering sources, such as buckets and troughs, every three-to-four days to prevent mosquitoes from breeding there.

The best defense against WNV is bite prevention.

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