West Nile confirmed in Bay County

Franco Patrizia

Franco Patrizia

Six mosquito samples collected in four Valley counties earlier this month tested positive for the West Nile virus, Cory Bower of the Northumberland County Conservation District said on Thursday.

In addition, the first collection of mosquitoes infected with the virus of the 2018 season was also reported. "The best way to limit the spread of mosquito-borne diseases is preventing mosquito bites".

While 80 percent of the people infected suffer no symptoms, those who do commonly report headaches, fevers, muscle aches and extreme fatigue.

Most people get infected with West Nile virus by the bite of an infected mosquito.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County confirmed the case Friday.

The first positive test for West Nile this year comes about three weeks later than the first positive test last year.

Eliminating any standing water from your property and disposing of containers that can collect water.

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Mosquito season has arrived, and the pesky insect population is higher than years past.

As of June 27, the ISDH released a warning to locals in Elkhart and Carroll County (link goes to the ISDH's live monitoring of the virus) that the virus has been detected in mosquitoes in the area.

"Right now, we've extended our hours of spraying to cover more ground and are putting out more larvicide to keep the ponds and standing bodies treated", she said.

Mosquitoes are most active in the early morning and late evening, so be careful during those times.

This marks the second year GRDHD has trapped and tested mosquitoes for the virus.

Deputy Chief Medical health officer Dr. Denise Werker says mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus attack from dusk until dawn. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers and use bug repellent with an active ingredient of DEET or picaridin. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes.

Wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and socks when outdoors, especially at dawn and dusk to reduce the amount of exposed skin, as weather permits.

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