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Sample of mosquitoes tests positive for West Nile Virus in Clarksville

Melissa Porter | 20 June, 2017, 02:49

Mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus were discovered on Staten Island, marking the first such finding of the spring and summer mosquito season - though no human cases have been reported yet, city officials said Monday.

No identified human cases of West Nile Virus infections reported in Clark County.

A crow found dead in Chippewa County on Sunday has tested positive for the West Nile virus, the Chippewa County Department of Public Health said Tuesday afternoon. "When we find evidence of the virus in multiple counties, that means the risk is starting to increase statewide".

Limit outdoor activities during dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. When outdoors, no matter what time of day, adjust your dress accordingl and wear insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus as your first line of defense against insect bites.

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

Make sure window and door screens are in good fix to prevent mosquito entry.

"The city will continue its efforts to kill mosquito larvae before they can bite by applying larvicide in catch basins, marshland and other areas with standing water", the agency said in a statement.

Trim tall grass, weeds, and vines since mosquitoes use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours.

Clean clogged roof gutters, particularly if leaves tend to plug up the drains.

Change the water in bird baths and pet dishes at least every three days.

Flush ornamental fountains and birdbaths periodically. "However, West Nile virus can cause serious complications, including neurological diseases, and can also cause a milder flu-like illness with headache, fever and fatigue, weakness and sometimes rash". Some people will develop a more severe form of the disease affecting the nervous system, including inflammation in the brain and spinal cord, muscle paralysis or death.