Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile in Hennepin and Ramsey counties

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile in Hennepin and Ramsey counties

A Facebook post from the Davis County Health Department said: "There have been multiple pools in Davis County with mosquitoes that are positive for West Nile virus. Our season can begin as early as July and because it can take some time to become ill, we can receive reports of ill individuals as late as October".

Ngozi Ezike says, "West Nile virus can cause serious illness in some people so it's important that you take precautions like wearing insect repellent and getting rid of stagnant water around your home". The West Nile virus-positive samples are the first positive samples in the district for the 2019 surveillance year. To date, no cases of WNV have been identified in a human, but the detection of WNV in Montana is a reminder of the importance of avoiding mosquito bites.

Most people get West Nile virus from the bite of an infected mosquito. About one in five people who infected develop a fever with other symptoms such as headaches, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.

Be especially careful when doing outdoor activities at dusk and dawn, when mosquitos are most active.

The City of Longmont has contracted with VDCI to implement an integrated pest management program to combat mosquitoes that might carry the West Nile Virus.

REMOVE standing water. Dumping out water that accumulates in toys, tires, trash cans, buckets, clogged rain gutters and plant pots will deny mosquitoes a place to lay their eggs and reproduce.

DRESS in long sleeves and trousers. Symptoms may last from several weeks to years, and effects may be permanent.

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