Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus found in Hartford’s Keney Park

Henrietta Brewer
August 3, 2018

Blood donations that test positive for West Nile virus are discarded and not used for transfusions.

So far this season, mosquitos carrying the West Nile Virus have been found in more than 10 communities. The northeast and southeast regions are at a moderate risk. The municipality, along with Swoyersville, Forty Fort, parts of Edwardsville and Kingston boroughs and Wilkes-Barre City will be sprayed in the early evening with AquaDUET, which is a type of insecticide that will reduce the adult mosquito populations that may carry West Nile Virus. People who are elderly, have compromised immunity, have cancer, have alcoholism or other factors that make them more susceptible to a neuroinvasive disease are more at risk.

Mosquitoes in more than a dozen cities and towns across the state have tested positive for West Nile. Less than 1 percent of infected people with West Nile Virus will develop severe symptoms.

When you are outdoors, use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient on skin and clothing, including DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. "So does receiving an organ transplant", according to the CDC, which also noted the risk can be lessened by wearing long sleeves and trousers, using insect repellent and keeping screens on windows and doors. It was first found in the 1999 and was detected in Arizona in 2003.

Draining standing water, where mosquitoes breed, is also recommended. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out. The mosquitoes become infected with WNV when they bite an infected bird. Symptoms of WNV disease include fever, headache, weakness, muscle pain, arthritis-like pain, gastrointestinal symptoms, and rash typically developing two to 14 days after a bite from an infected mosquito.

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