Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Human case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Northern Valley

Human case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Northern Valley

District Scientific Programs Manager Steve Schultz said in a statement that the area is entering peak West Nile virus season, and people in Contra Costa County should protect themselves from mosquito bites.

Department of Health and Department of Environmental Protection officials remind residents that keeping the insects out of their residences and off their skin are most effective.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of Culex mosquitoes, commonly called a house mosquito, which has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.

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-Minimize your activities outdoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Dr. Shereef Elnahal, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health, also cautioned to use repellant and drain standing water in a tweet Friday afternoon. Pay special attention to flower pots, birdbaths, clogged rain gutters, plastic wading pools, wheelbarrows, and trash containers, as these areas can draw mosquitos. If you can not get rid of the standing water, put larvicide (such as Mosquito Dunks) in the water to kill developing mosquitoes. Be sure to read the instructions on the label.

-Wear loose, long-sleeved shirts, plus trousers, shoes and socks when you are outdoors. And don't forget to wear socks!

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