CT reports 1st West Nile virus cases of the year

Henrietta Strickland
August 19, 2018

Thus far this year, 53 mosquito samples and 19 dead birds have tested positive for the virus in Yolo County, with the city of Davis being particularly hard hit.

Lloydminster Animal Hospital has their first West Nile case in four years. In 2017, the first infection arrived in October, and by then, statewide, over 300 Californians were confirmed to have been infected. "It could have flown in from Lewis County", he said.

The robin, which was sent to the state lab July 30 for testing, is one of 49 that have tested positive in Kentucky, said Tim Stump, director of the Buffalo Trace Health Department.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, West Nile virus is most commonly spread through mosquito bites and symptoms can be flu-like. The individual in the county who contracted the virus, says Levin, did not get "terribly ill" and did not require hospitalization.

Of those, seven had the more serious "neuro-invasive" disease, with obvious symptoms. Residents should be on heightened alert during these months of the dangers of West Nile Virus. "We've collected, picked up about 15 birds or so, and again those have also been negative".

Smith also said that mosquitoes carrying West Nile, generally known as a house mosquito or a Northern house mosquito, are only active during evening hours.

Based on the number of positive mosquito samples so far, "overall WNV activity in California is less than a year ago", officials said Tuesday.

Although it is hard to wear long sleeves in weather like Kentucky experienced last week, it is one of the best protections against being bitten by mosquitoes, Billings said. An untended swimming pool can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhood-wide complaints.

Ventura assures us that, yes, he and his colleagues wear protective clothing when out in the field.

Increased West Nile virus activity in the region may lead to aerial insecticide spraying over the city of Davis early next week.

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