Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Medical | By Alyssa Little

Mosquitoes in Boise, Garden City Test Positive for West Nile

Mosquitoes in Boise, Garden City Test Positive for West Nile

West Nile is spread through mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds.

DEP and county partners throughout the state will also conduct routine, localized spraying events to control infected adult populations of mosquitoes. In 2017, Ada County's first positive West Nile test pool was reported in mid-July.

Dallas County in Texas is the latest community in the U.S. to report West Nile virus cases during 2018. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Most people with this type of West Nile virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.

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Drain: Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace.

-Properly dispose of items around your property that hold water, such as tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or discarded tires. Make sure swimming pools and fountains are operational and circulating.

Mosquitoes collected in the town tested positive for West Nile virus recently, and the Vermont Department of Health wants folks to be informed about the potential risks and effects.

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Nine deaths related to the West Nile Virus have been reported in Serbia since the beginning of the mosquito season, four of which occurred in the past week, the Institute of Public Health of Serbia stated in a press release on Tuesday.

"It doesn't take much for several hundred mosquitoes to be born".

She also recommended that folks should limit time spent outdoors at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes are most active, use an Environmental Protection Angency-registered insect repellent and get rid of standing water in their yards where mosquitoes like to breed.

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The best defense against WNV is bite prevention. Even though 80% of the West Nile infected people do not report of any symptoms, the ones who experience flu-like symptoms must look for medical attention as soon as possible. Most people recover, but a few infections lead to serious illness and death.

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