Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Delaware Detects First Sign of West Nile Virus This Year

Delaware Detects First Sign of West Nile Virus This Year

This naturally occurring bacterium kills mosquito larvae, but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.

The District maintains flocks of chickens in Contra Costa County.

"Certain mosquito species carry the West Nile virus, which can cause humans to contract West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain".

Four out of five people infected with the virus will have no symptoms and will develop immunity after clearing the infection, the news release states.

On July 3, a sample mosquito in Quakertown borough tested positive for the virus.

"You can help protect your family and your community from West Nile Virus by eliminating areas of standing water available for mosquito breeding in or near your property", Environmental Health Specialist Simeon Baker said in the release.

There is no specific treatment for West Nile Virus.

State epidemiologist Dr. Tina Tan says West Nile activity usually increases in August and September.

"Use insect repellent, follow the directions".

Avoiding the outdoors when mosquitoes are present, typically dawn and dusk.

Officials report that no deaths attributable to West Nile Virus were reported in 2017 in Montana, though deaths have been reported in previous years. "There is no treatment, so the real focus with West Nile is on prevention as the season gets underway". In 2006, two people died from the disease. "We want to remind everyone to focus on preventing bites as they're able to", Dr Jason Cabaj, Medical Officer of Health for Alberta Health Services Calgary zone explained.

The Mosquito and Termite Control Board will continue to take proactive measures to protect residents such as applying insecticides by truck (as weather permits) and applying larvicide to prevent mosquitoes from developing.

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