Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

West Nile-infected bird found in Iroquois County

Mosquitos at the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project in Pittsfield. Eagle File Mosquitos at the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project in Pittsfield. Eagle File
Melissa Porter | 08 September, 2018, 08:16

A LaSalle County resident over 65 years of age, who became ill during the first part of August and tested positive for West Nile virus, has died. While the mosquitoes that cause WNV bite primarily from dusk (evening) to dawn (morning), other mosquitoes that cause diseases such as chikungunya, dengue fever and Zika can bite during the day. Repellents keep the mosquitoes from biting you.

Dress in long sleeves and trousers when you are outside and spray thin clothing with repellent.

"The season for West Nile virus will not be over until the weather is much cooler and mosquito larvae are not capable of development", said Terry Eimen, director of environmental health.

- Using an EPA-registered insect repellent when you're outside.

"The report of a death is a very sad reminder that West Nile virus continues to be a serious health issue".

For more information about West Nile Virus, visit aclink.org/publichealth.

- Empty children's wading pools at least once per week and store them indoors when not in use.

The CCHHS and DCMA are advising Nevadans to use insect repellants when outdoors containing DEET, wearing long sleeves, long trousers and socks, taking extra care during peak mosquito biting hours and mosquito proofing homes. "It is extremely important for people to take steps to avoid mosquito bites including using repellents, wearing clothing to reduce exposed skin, dumping standing water, and moving indoors when mosquitoes are present".

Lafayette Consolidated Government's contracted mosquito abatement experts remind you to never leave any standing water on your property as that is the flawless breading ground for mosquitoes. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes. "In addition to having more positive tests in Clermont County this year, overall we have trapped a higher number of mosquitoes as well".