Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Record mosquito numbers cause West Nile virus threat across Pennsylvania

Officials say two pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus West Nile virus found in Ada County Officials say two pools of mosquitoes have tested posi
Becky Salazar | 11 August, 2018, 11:40

The announcement comes shortly after DCHHS confirmed the first WNV death of the year. Mosquitoes in DE can also carry viruses that may result in death, including Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), which can cause brain inflammation and be fatal to humans and horses, and dengue virus.

Two earlier samples were found in Northfield earlier in July. Like WNV, EEE can adversely affect both humans and horses - EEE is more severe than WNV, but fortunately much rarer.

"Eighty percent of the people infected show no symptoms", she said. The most common symptoms of Zika are rash, fever, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes).

Live chickens were placed in many locations throughout Kenner by Mosquito Control in order to carry out regular tests for the West Nile Virus. For the past two weeks the agency has faced another onslaught of adult mosquitoes in coastal areas attributable largely to tidal flooding and rains.

- Eliminate stagnant water and leaf debris in containers around homes where mosquitoes can lay their eggs (e.g., buckets, flowerpots, old tires, wading pools and birdbaths). Mosquito netting can protect one's face and neck, and infants in carriages, strollers, and playpens.

Most people are infected in OH by the northern house mosquito, Culex pipiens. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for reapplication times.

-Apply insect repellent to clothing as well as exposed skin since mosquitoes may bite through clothing.

MS reported 63 West Nile cases and two deaths in 2017.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued an advisory through the Health Advisory Network to alert medical professionals about the risk of West Nile virus. When there is one case that has recently occurred in a county but the risk is not confined to that area, like a mosquito-borne disease, we report by region so individuals in a potential risk area are informed and the chance that the person's identity could be discovered is reduced. "Work with your veterinarian to determine if your horse could still benefit from vaccination".

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