Seven new areas exposed to positive West Nile mosquitoes

19 August, 2016, 00:32 | Author: Andrea Terry
  • Seven new areas exposed to positive West Nile mosquitoes

The first human case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in Salt Lake County, according to the Salt Lake County Health Department.

Two cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in Fort Collins this season, and four others have been confirmed in Larimer County.

BOUNDARY COUNTY — Two unvaccinated horses in the area died of West Nile Virus, Panhandle Health District officials announced Friday.

"West Nile virus depends very much on the weather", said Miller. "With positive WNV-carrying mosquitoes, residents should double-down on taking precautions", said Health Director Andrea Boissevain.

The media has been focused on the Zika virus, which poses a great risk for pregnant women, but there is an even greater threat for the West Nile virus, according to health experts.

Luedtke: "Only a tiny percentage of people get the severe infection within the nervous system, we call it neuro-invasive disease".

The mosquito species that carry Zika virus are not present in Utah. West Nile virus infections typically occur from June through September.

When outside, use mosquito repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, some oil of lemon eucalyptus or paramenthane-diol.

Drain standing water around the house since that's where mosquitoes breed.

Stay indoors when mosquitoes are numerous. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes.

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

Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.

Make sure screens fit tightly over doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of homes.

Reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk during peak mosquito periods, usually April through October. The Health Department says risk for serious illness is highest among people over age 60 and those with certain medical conditions.


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