Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

West Nile Virus found in DeKalb County

West Nile Virus found in DeKalb County

The West Nile virus has already been found this summer in mosquitoes in areas close to the Saucon Valley, according to the PA West Nile Virus Program, which monitors the spread of the disease.

The samples, all Culex pipiens-restuans, were collected on June 2 and June 3 from East Northport, Blydenburgh County Park in Smithtown, Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon, and Heckscher State Park in East Islip. Targeted, truck-mounted aerosol spraying is also performed to help control the mosquito population in certain areas of Boston. If it rains, the spraying may move to Wednesday.

Mosquitoes in some areas of Virginia Beach have tested positive for West Nile Virus. The first case a year ago was recorded in late June.

In April, local health officials announced they were seeking sites to trap mosquitoes to help determine if there are mosquitoes carrying viruses that can be transmitted to people such as West Nile. The virus was detected in two crows found in Sussex County.

Residents can reduce their risk of contracting West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases by dumping or draining standing water; using repellents containing DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus; and avoiding the outdoors when mosquitoes are present, typically at dawn and dusk. "Mosquitoes activity is going to increase and so taking the time now.making sure your family has a good mosquito repellant.making sure that your doors and windows are in good working order are steps that they can take to protect themselves as we continue into hotter months". And also mosquito proof your home and your yard. Both WNV and EEE cause severe, and sometimes fatal, infections in horses.

The syndromes for the first one include fever, rash, nausea and vomiting, while the more serious Syndrome comes with tremors, unconsciousness, paralysis and even death. A quick cover-to-cover read to catch up on the news of the week and experience great stories about our local communities.

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