Dauphin County collects more West Nile Virus-infected mosquito samples

Maricruz Casares
Julio 9, 2018

The program also monitors reports of dead birds (an early sign of the presence of the virus) and investigates areas of stagnant water for the presence of mosquito larvae, specifically from the Culex mosquito, which is the primary carrier of West Nile in IL.

Most people bitten do not get sick.

Pools of mosquito collected from the Fairmont Park, Lafayette Shores, Norfolk Industrial Park and Edgewater areas have all yielded positive results for West Nile virus.

Remove any standing water in pots, containers, pool covers, tires, wheelbarrows, wading pools, roof gutters and other containers that hold water. The West Nile virus previously was found on Northumberland and Montour County. The commission says larvicide has been placed in wetlands and catch basins and aerosol spraying is taking place to reduce the mosquito population.

The best defense people have from EEE or West Nile is to use personal protection measures to guard against mosquito bites.

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Olivares said an aggressive policy of preventing and correcting standing water is necessary, along with keeping lawns and pastures well maintained and mowed regularly and free of debris, especially of items that could collect water. "These are simple steps, and if people take them consistently, they will go a long way toward reducing the number of cases of either disease transmitted in Texas".

Use insect repellents according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Limit outdoor activities during peak mosquito times.

Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.

Make sure window screens are in good fix. Surveillance efforts consist of a systematic collection, analysis and interpretation of health-related data needed for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health practice.

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