West Nile found in Petrolia

  • West Nile found in Petrolia

West Nile found in Petrolia

The trapped mosquito are then collected and tested for the West Nile virus.

DPH said 80 percent of residents who are infected with West Nile don't show symptoms.

Blood donations are screened prior to distribution to ensure recipient safety.

Greene County health officials have confirmed the presence of West Nile virus in a mosquito caught near Roodhouse. This is the first report of West Nile virus activity in Contra Costa County for 2017.

To avoid mosquito bites, apply insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing when you go outdoors. It's spread to humans and animals through bites by infected mosquitoes.

"The majority of us will be bitten by a mosquito that is positive for West Nile and will have no symptoms", Bowen said.

Seven human cases of West Nile virus have been reported across the state, with one being in neighboring Bossier Parish.

Repel - When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellant that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions.

Doctors do want to stress, West Nile is a preventable disease. Dump the water in bird baths or dog bowls at least once every three days.

Eliminate standing water around the home because that's where mosquitoes lay eggs.

The health department is encouraging locals to drain standing water, dress in long sleeves and trousers when outside and for people to use insect repellent with DEET.

For more information on West Nile virus, log on to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's website. Collecting dozens of traps baited with lights and carbon dioxide, the traps are then placed in coolers to freeze the mosquitoes for West Nile testing.