West Nile virus detected in Hoopeston mosquito

West Nile virus detected in Hoopeston mosquito

Idaho has confirmed its first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection for 2017.

Mosquito traps have been set in the affected area to trap the flying insects and test them for the virus.

Passaic County Mosquito Control has also begun using mosquitofish to eat the larvae and is also spraying for adult mosquitoes.

The samples were collected from Dillon Park by the Indiana State Department of Health, but officials said there has been no reports of humans infected in Noblesville. People with symptoms and recent mosquito bites are encouraged to visit their physician to discuss the necessity of testing.

Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of the home.

The horse had been vaccinated for West Nile virus, but since it was 31 years old, an immune response might not have been triggered, according to a press release.

"West Nile virus has been present in the Hudson Valley for many years, so this season's first positive should remind residents to protect themselves and their families by removing standing water around their homes every week and by using repellents daily when spending significant time outdoors", said County Executive Rob Astorino.

Mosquitoes breed in standing water.

Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers, and check uncovered junk piles.

West Nile virus is spread through mosquito bites, so those at the highest risk are people working outside, especially during dusk and dawn, when the presence of mosquitoes is the most substantial, according to the article.

Wear light colored, long-sleeved shirts and long trousers when outdoors.

Clean clogged roof gutters, particularly if leaves tend to plug up the drains.

Cover up exposed skin when outdoors and apply DEET or other EPA-approved insect repellent to exposed skin and clothing.

Aerate ornamental pools, or stock them with predatory fish.

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