Published: Fri, August 24, 2018
Medicine | By Ray Hunter

Mosquitos that carry fatal virus spotted in Southend

Mosquitos that carry fatal virus spotted in Southend

Environmental officials said mosquitoes in 40 CT towns have tested positive for West Nile virus.

The Department of health in Nassau County issued similar warnings in June after Eastern equine encephalitis virus was found in horses in the county. Heightened concerns over possible transmission to humans from both viruses, will continue into mid-October, until cooler temperatures start to significantly slow down both mosquito and virus activity.

So far, no human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported by health officials in Lanark County.

Those individuals can suffer brain swelling, inflammation of the brain lining and paralysis, and can potentially die from the virus.

Interior Health says people over 50 and those with compromised immune systems are more at risk, and the risk of contracting the disease is highest in July and August.

Details were scant, but City Manager Charlie Barrineau said the state Department of Health and Environmental Control notified local officials Thursday that a person located in the middle of the city tested positive for the mosquito-borne illness.

Drain Standing Water - Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water.

It's the first evidence of West Nile in the province this year.

A key step in the prevention of West Nile is reduction of mosquito breeding grounds.

West Nile is transmitted through mosquito bites.

Check to see if the screens on your doors and windows are in good shape. Although it may be hard to do when it's hot, wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin. Apply insect repellent to clothing to help prevent bites. "Some steps you can take include using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents, wearing light-colored long-sleeved shirts and trousers when outside and using mosquito netting to protect infants in carriages, strollers and playpens".

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