Saturday, 23 February, 2019

West Nile virus found in St. Clair County, health department says

West Nile virus found in St. Clair County, health department says West Nile virus found in St. Clair County, health department says
Melissa Porter | 22 June, 2018, 19:14

Contact your healthcare provider if you have symptoms of a possible West Nile virus infection, especially if you recently had mosquito bites.

According to the Grant County Health District, a mosquito collected last week within Grant County Mosquito Control District No. 1 tested positive for West Nile virus — the first such test in 2018.

According to a press release, this is the first batch of mosquitoes carrying the virus this year in St. Clair County.

However, the health district also reports that while 14 mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile in 2017, there were no reported cases in Grant County.

As the weather warms up and mosquitoes become more prevalent, California horse owners are advised to consult their veterinarian to ensure their horse's vaccination status is current for maximum protection against West Nile Virus.

Breeding season is usually July through September, and cases of West Nile virus are higher in August, September and even October. The risk of serious illness to most people is low. Those symptoms can include fever, headache, body aches, skin rash, and swollen lymph nodes. Most people will not show any symptoms.

DAWN and DUSK are times to avoid being outdoors.

Wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and socks when outdoors, especially at dawn and dusk to reduce the amount of exposed skin, as weather permits. Take special care when using repellent on children. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician if you have questions about the use of repellent on children, as repellent is not recommended for children under the age of two months.

Remove any standing water in pots, containers, pool covers, tires, wheelbarrows, wading pools, roof gutters and other containers that hold water.

Reduce - make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. "Bird baths, toys, kid pools, all of that will still collect the water too".