Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in New Orleans

West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in New Orleans

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a crow found in southwestern Sussex County by the mosquito patrol of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control tested positive last week for the virus.

Health officials say the spray breaks down quickly and doesn't leave a toxic residue.

No human cases of the virus have been reported. If bitten, residents can develop West Nile non-neurological syndrome, or West Nile neurological syndrome, which is more serious.

Symptoms of infection may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes. Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of developing central nervous system illness that can be fatal.

According to Conaway, people who catch the disease normally experience flu-like symptoms.

Byers said most West Nile cases came in those months, mainly because people were outside more often during the summer months, particularly in the evening and morning hours when mosquitoes are most active.

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No human cases are reported. To breed, mosquitoes need only the equivalent of a bottle-cap full of water, she said.

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Discourage mosquitoes from resting in your yard by trimming tall grass, weeds and vines.

Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.

Wear shoes and socks, long trousers and long-sleeved shirts when mosquitoes are active.

Make sure all windows and doors have screens, and that all screens are in good fix.

DEET - Use insect repellent containing DEET.

State epidemiologist Dr. Tina Tan says West Nile activity usually increases in August and September.

The virus is spread through the bite of a mosquito that had been feeding on an infected bird.

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