Mosquitoes found in county test positive for West Nile

West Nile Virus found in Kent County mosquitoes

First case of West Nile virus in 2017 reported in Kent County

The Kent County Health Department has discovered the first evidence of West Nile Virus in the county from a pool of mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus. This was the first positive mosquito sample on the North Fork reported by the county health department this summer.

The goal of the mosquito surveillance project, according to the health department, is to capture and test mosquitoes in 11 traps strategically placed throughout the county. One in five experience mild symptoms of what's called West Nile fever.

So far, neither virus has been found in humans or horses.

Human cases of West Nile happen each year in New York City, and majority are identified between late July and October.

Dead birds may indicate the presence of West Nile virus in the area. In some people, it can cause a serious and potentially fatal infection of the brain and spinal cord. "This year we are seeing both at the same time and it is a reminder to avoid mosquito bites".

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Before going outdoors, do not forget to apply an insect repellent containing 25 to 35 percent DEET when outdoors. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection.

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When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long trousers, and socks when outdoors. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing from dusk to dawn or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.

Make sure all windows and doors have screens, and that all screens are in good fix. Empty standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.

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