Berthoud mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

Henrietta Brewer
July 22, 2018

In 2017, the state Health Department reported 62 cases of human infection with West Nile, about one-third of those resulted in hospitalization, Galbraith said.

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus have been discovered in St. Louis County.

The risk of West Nile virus in Saskatchewan has been increased by the Saskatchewan Health Authority after mosquitoes infected with the virus were caught in the Estevan area on July 10. Mosquitoes become carriers for the disease after they feed on an infected bird, which acts as a host for the disease.

"North Shore residents should be aware of West Nile virus and take some simple steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites", Christiansen said.

The announcement comes after news that the city of Sacramento unintentionally heightened the risk of virus transmission in the Pocket by creating bodies of stagnant water ideal for mosquito breeding.

West Nile virus is one of several mosquito-borne viruses that can be acquired in North Carolina, DHHS says.

You can get more information on preventing mosquito bites on the Division of Public Health's website. Officials are advising the public to remove standing water as well.

Use insect repellent that contains DEET or Icaridin.

Minimize time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. They're spreading West Nile virus across the Midwest this summer.

If you have a weak immune system, consider limiting your exposure during dusk and dawn.

PROTECT: yourself by wearing long sleeve shirts and trousers during peak biting times and by using insect repellant containing the active ingredient DEET. Another crow collected in Sussex County also was reported as WNV-positive four days later, officials said.

To avoid getting mosquitoes in your house, make sure windows are tightly closed and to replace screens with holes in them.

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