Published: Sun, August 19, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

West Nile Virus Found in Lower Westchester

West Nile Virus Found in Lower Westchester

Dallas County conducts regular tests on mosquito samples throughout the city as part of its West Nile Virus surveillance program.The pesticide used by Dallas County is applied at extremely low dosages designed only to affect mosquitoes and other pests their size.

Lohagen says an infected mosquito can pass the virus along to humans, horses and birds. In humans, West Nile Virus may cause a mild illness but could also cause swelling of the brain or spinal cord.

"The identification of two Connecticut residents with West Nile virus associated illness that required hospitalization underscores the potential seriousness of infection", said Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino.

Check for and remove any containers or trash that may be hard to see, such as under bushes, homes or around building exteriors.

Use insect repellent that contains DEET.

Health officials want to remind everyone to use bug spray when out doors, wear light colored clothing and stay away from areas where mosquitoes are present.

Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers that have accumulated on your property.

Drill holes in the bottoms of all recycling containers that are left outdoors.

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 Clean clogged roof gutters every year, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees tend to plug drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.

Avoid allowing water to stagnate in bird baths.

 Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.

If there are any objects that may trap water, then turn them over.

Why? Smith says it's because "people still aren't cleaning up or maintaining swimming pools".

Use window and door screens and fix any holes in screens to help keep mosquitoes outside.

 For stagnant pools of water, homeowners can purchase Bti (Bacillus thuringienses israelensis) known as "mosquito dunks" at home improvement and other stores.

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