Denton County reports first human case of West Nile Virus in 2018

Mosquitos at the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project in Pittsfield. Eagle File

Mosquitos at the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project in Pittsfield. Eagle File

A LaSalle County resident older than 65 became ill during the first part of August and tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the LaSalle County Health Department. "There is no vaccine, so we need to get the message out on how to prevent this virus". If a chicken is bitten by a mosquito with one of those diseases, it would show up on the blood test and LCMCD would know and begin treating that area. Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside.

New Yorkers urged to use repellent and in the evening and early morning (when insects are most active), wear clothes with long sleeves.

Symptoms of severe infection include a headache, high fever, stiff neck, and/or tremors and muscle weakness.

The department of health continues to conduct statewide surveillance for mosquito-borne illnesses, including West Nile virus infections, Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria, chikungunya and dengue.

- For additional protection from mosquitoes, use an insect repellent.

West Nile is spread through the bite of infected mosquitoes, which feed on infected birds. There are no reported West Nile Virus cases in humans in 2018. Don't apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin.

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- Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than two months old.

Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours.

Lafayette Consolidated Government's contracted mosquito abatement experts remind you to never leave any standing water on your property as that is the ideal breading ground for mosquitoes.

- Always cover doors and windows with screens and fix screens that are damaged.

The CCHHS environmental health specialists and DCMA staff routinely survey known breeding sources for mosquitoes and trap them for identification.

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