Mosquito Control: West Nile Virus in Midtown, increase in E Chatham County

  • Mosquito Control: West Nile Virus in Midtown, increase in E Chatham County

Mosquito Control: West Nile Virus in Midtown, increase in E Chatham County

Mosquitoes in a Noblesville park tested positive for West Nile Virus this week.

Jackson County is also using a state grant to trap mosquitoes to see if any capable of carrying the Zika Virus are in Mid-Michigan.

A dead crow collected in the city of Yucaipa has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The public can contact the Environmental Health Division by calling 4631-2662, ext.

The diseases can surface when a mosquito feeds on an infected bird and then bites a human or a horse.

The virus has no specific cure; those who are experiencing symptoms and have recent mosquito bites are advised to visit their doctor for testing.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said it is the first human case of locally-acquired WNV in northern Idaho since the virus was first detected in Idaho in 2003.

"While several cases of West Nile virus are reported each summer, all previously reported human cases have been directly related to travel outside the region", said Dave Hylsky, staff epidemiologist for the district. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in unmaintained green pools and can fly up to 1.5 miles per hour, potentially transmitting the virus and impacting entire neighborhoods. While individuals can minimize their risk of getting the virus by avoiding areas with West Nile-positive mosquitoes, eliminating standing water near their homes, using insect repellant, and wearing protective clothing outdoors during the dusk through dawn hours, public health officials practice vector control tasks to manage and eliminate areas with West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes.

Make sure window and door screens are "bug tight". Those may include bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires or other receptacles.

Cover exposed skin by wearing a hat, long sleeves and long trousers in places where mosquitoes are especially active, such as wooded areas.