West Nile virus most active in August: Interior Health

08/12/2019 05:53 |

West Nile virus most active in August: Interior Health

"By testing birds from key areas in the state, we hope to learn the extent to which ruffed grouse are being exposed to West Nile virus, and how it may be affecting them", said laboratory technician Julie Melotti from the Michigan DNR Wildlife Disease Lab. To sign up for email notifications about spraying, go to spray notifications at the district's website at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net.

However, some cases have resulted from blood transfusion and organ transplants, and there has been one case of an infected mother transmitting the virus to her unborn child. Experts say the increase, while small, underscores the need to protect against mosquitoes during the hot summer months. This is the best method since it eliminates mosquitoes before they hatch.

In August mosquitos get more active. In serious cases, it can lead to complications including brain inflammation and meningitis.

Symptoms of WNV include fever, extreme fatigue, headache, body aches, and occasionally can also include skin rashes and swollen lymph nodes. Anyone who experiences these symptoms should consult their health care providers.

Please take proper personal protection measures from being infected by mosquitoes.

Cathie Anderson covers health care for The Bee.

"Preventing mosquito bites is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones". Although it may be hard to do when it's hot, wearing longsleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

Use insect repellants with DEET according to the manufacturer's directions.

Haught also encourages residents to drain standing water and fix door and window screens with holes.

Generally, the mosquito season extends from late April until mid-October, with the end usually signaled by the first freeze in the fall.

Maricopa County Arizona has reported (97) the most West Nile Virus disease cases during 2019.

Only two mosquito samples in Yolo County have tested positive thus far in 2019, compared to 53 mosquito samples and 19 dead birds that had tested positive by this time past year.

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