Local mosquito sampling tests positive for West Nile Virus


Mosquito control crews are also trapping adult mosquitoes and testing certain species for West Nile Virus.

The mosquitoes were collected off North Spring Court, near Campbell and Jupiter roads, according to Garland health officials.

In 2017, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported WNV in mosquitos, birds, and humans in 47 states and the District of Columbia.

Two more batches of mosquitoes in Lowndes County have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV), according to the Georgia Department of Public Health's South District.

Mosquitoes can be more than pesky insects. Drain standing water to keep mosquitoes from multiplying and cover your skin with clothing or repellent.

July through October are typically the highest-risk months for exposure to West Nile virus in Oklahoma.

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Health officials in OH and Washington are urging people to protect themselves against mosquitoes after insects in these states tested positive for the West Nile virus. Parents should read labels carefully and follow instructions for repellent application. Illness from West Nile virus is usually mild and includes fever, head and body aches, and possibly a rash. Once a week, empty out items that hold water such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, pet bowls, flowerpots, and trash containers.

Eliminating any standing water from your property and disposing of containers that can collect water.

Avoid being outdoors from dusk to dawn, peak mosquito biting times, if possible. The virus is then spread to humans through the bite of the infected mosquito.

Maintain window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of buildings. People over the age of 50 are reportedly more likely to develop serious symptoms of West Nile if they do get sick.

The department urges people to prevent mosquito bites by using repellent, putting inspect netting over strollers, wearing long sleeves and trousers, repairing holes in window screens and eliminating mosquito breeding grounds.