Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus discovered in St. Louis County

Henrietta Strickland
July 21, 2018

"Halton is committed to being safe and healthy and reducing West Nile virus in our communities through both education and preventative programs like larviciding", explained Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region's Medical Officer of Health, in a media release.

North Carolina's first death and first confirmed case of West Nile virus in 2018 happened in Cumberland County, where an elderly person contracted the illness, according to the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

Bosch says wear long sleeves if you can when outdoors, use mosquito repellent and avoid being outdoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people who become infected with West Nile virus experience no symptoms or a mild, flu-like illness.

In rare cases, the virus can affect the central nervous system and cause encephalitis or meningitis.

West Nile virus is one of several mosquito-borne viruses that can be acquired in North Carolina, DHHS says. Other mosquito-borne viruses transmitted in the state that cause human illness include LaCrosse and Eastern equine encephalitis viruses. Residents are also urged to clear standing bodies of water which can breed mosquitoes.

Planes will release Trumpet EC, an EPA-registered insecticide routinely used to curb mosquito populations across the country, the news release said.

KDHE says there have been more than 600 cases of the most severe form of the virus so far this year and 30 people died between 1999-2017.

More information on the prevention of mosquito bites is available on the Division of Public Health's website and through the CDC.

Officials also recommend wearing long sleeves and trousers as well as using repellent when outdoors.

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