West Nile Virus detected in multiple places in Ada County

Henrietta Brewer
August 9, 2019

But most human infections are mild and cause fever, headache and body aches that last a few days.

Furthermore, the West Nile virus continues to be a seasonal disease.

This the first human case confirmed in the county and the entire state.

Approximately 93 percent of arboviral disease cases occurred between April-September in 2018, which is consistent with the peak trends in past years.

The Alamosa Mosquito Control District (AMCD) has discovered the West Nile Virus in mosquitoes trapped within the District on August 8. If you need to move a dead bird, precautions should be taken.

IHA said while the risk of becoming seriously ill from the West Nile virus is low for most people, those most at risk are the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.

West Nile virus activity became widespread enough in Davis past year that officials with the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District briefly considered aerial insecticide spraying over the city in mid-August.

The Health Department suggested everyone who lives and works in Shelby County to protect themselves against mosquito bites and take measures to reduce the number of mosquitoes in the county. Unusual clusters of dead birds can be reported to the BC Interagency Wild Bird Mortality Investigation at 1-866-431-BIRD (2473).

As part of the mosquito tracking program, the New Bedford Health Department will request that the BCMCP target key areas of the New Bedford for spraying, including public parks and locations that host large public events.

Empty saucers under flowerpots; change water in bird baths twice a week; unclog rain gutters; drain tarps, tires, and other debris where rain water may collect; and, install a pump in ornamental ponds or stock them with fish. To sign up for email notifications about spraying, go to spray notifications at the district's website at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net.

It bites throughout the day, not just at dawn and dusk like the Culex mosquitoes usually do. Always use according to label instructions.

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