West Nile Virus confirmed in Spokane County Mosquitoes

Henrietta Brewer
August 22, 2018

Bacteriologist Erik Devereaux holds a mosquito that he will check for the West Nile Virus July 28, 2000 at the State Lab in Boston.

Some Jackson residents weren't aware that nine cases have been reported in Hinds County, but are still on top of their game when it comes to fighting off mosquitoes. Older adults and people with weakened immune systems are at an increased risk of severe disease from the virus.

OH had 14 cases of West Nile Virus in horses in 2017.

The West Nile Virus has been a problem in IL. The first human case in IL is not usually reported until July or later.

DHS has monitored the spread of West Nile virus since 2001 among wild birds, horses, mosquitoes, and people.

How can I protect myself? Those over the age of 50 are at greater risk of contracting the virus. Fort Bend County Road and Bridge began to spray the area for mosquitoes. Use prevention methods whenever mosquitoes are present. Screens will help prevent mosquitoes from coming indoors. In communities where there are organized mosquito control programs, contact your municipal government to report areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.

Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn. Take extra care during evening and early morning hours when mosquitoes are active, or if possible stay inside. It is recommended to use an insect repellent that contains DEET, an ingredient especially helpful in fighting off mosquitoes and ticks; however, certain repellents should not be used on infants. Follow label instructions, and always wear repellent when outdoors.

Officials recommend using insect repellent containing DEET; wearing loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and trousers to reduce exposed skin; limiting time outdoors; and using screens on doors and windows.

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