Mosquito Traps Find West Nile Virus In Southeast District

Maricruz Casares
Setiembre 13, 2018

Vermont officials say a horse in Windham County that died has tested positive for West Nile virus.

The Clark County Health Department will continue to collect and test mosquitoes, as well as spray pesticides until the year's first freezing temperatures. West Nile virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, has been found in all areas of Vermont. No human cases have been reported so far this season, according to the health department.

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Local residents are encouraged to use repellents, wear protective clothing and avoid being outside during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Around 20 percent of people infected will experience symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph glands or skin rash, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

People are asked to remove any standing water to limit breeding grounds, use insect repellant and wear long-sleeve shirts and trousers.

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