Number of cases of West Nile virus in Attica increases
Number of cases of West Nile virus in Attica increases
Illustrative image of a mosquito biting through skin
24 August, 2018, 06:42
Most people who become infected with WNV will not develop any symptoms of illness.
Two human cases of WNV-associated illnesses have been identified this year in CT. Agriculture officials say the spread of the virus in horses can be prevented with proper vaccination.
In a two-page press release, Interior Health said two dead ravens from the Kimberley area tested positive for West Nile. Horse owners are advised to contact their veterinarians for information about equine vaccines for West Nile virus. This is more likely to occur in those over 50 years of age and those with medical conditions or weakened immune systems.
"The few cases of West Nile virus diagnosed in the United Kingdom have been due to insect bites overseas and the risk of contracting the infection in this country is low".
In June, DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services issued an updated manual with recommendations for mosquito control activities in response to West Nile.
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Although the risk of infection from handling birds is very low, the health authority warns that wild birds should not be handled using bare hands. Panama City Beach Mosquito Control, Bay County Mosquito Control and DOH-Bay continue surveillance and prevention efforts. Identify and remove potential breeding areas on your property - 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. Although it may be hard to do when it's hot, wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin. This is important, particularly for people who work outdoors or where mosquitoes are found.
Some tips include: draining standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying and covering skin with clothes or repellent.
Use insect repellent containing DEET.
Check to see if the screens on your doors and windows are in good shape.
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