West Nile Virus found in Holyoke mosquitoes

Enrique Dans  Flickr Creative Commons

Enrique Dans Flickr Creative Commons

The Department of Public Works sent out notices that Henrico County had trapped mosquitoes and found they tested positive for West Nile virus. Two samples collected on Wednesday in Holyoke tested positive for the virus.

So far this year, Ontario Public Health has reported four "confirmed or probable" human cases of West Nile virus and 64 West Nile positive mosquito pools from 17 different health units.

The virus has been found in the northern house mosquito, an insect that likes to live and breed around humans, and one that has been discovered in urbanized areas of Ottawa.

"Most of the people who get West Nile virus infection, they may actually not have symptoms or very mild symptoms - maybe a fever, just generally feeling unwell for a few days".

Take extra precautions from dusk to dawn when mosquito activity is high.

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Clothing Can Help reduce mosquito bites.

Wear long sleeves and trousers while outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET(N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 oroil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children.

Small steps could protect you, like keeping your yard clean, taking the time to pour out standing water and using bug spray.

Change water in bird baths at least weekly.

Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors.

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