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West Nile found in Oakland County mosquito pools

West Nile found in Oakland County mosquito pools

“West Nile virus is typically detected from June through September, ” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for the Oakland County Health Division.

The mosquitoes were collected off North Spring Court, near Campbell and Jupiter roads, according to Garland health officials.

"We deal with West Nile virus every year, so it's kind of a routine with us from the beginning of the season", Angela Beehler, district manager of Benton County Mosquito Control in Washington, told KEPR.

Last summer, mosquitoes in Owensboro tested positive, too, but according to the Centers for Disease Control website, the only West Nile virus cases in western Kentucky in 2017 were reported in Hopkins County, where three cases were diagnosed.

"We'll continue to closely monitor mosquitoes for early virus amplification" said Dr. Theodore Andreadis, Director of the CAES.

Use EPA-registered insect repellents, including those with DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and oil of lemon eucalyptus. Repellents keep the mosquitoes from biting you.

In rare cases West Nile virus can cause paralysis or death.

Wear shoes, socks, long trousers, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are more active.

State health officials are urging IN residents to take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites as the state begins to see West Nile virus activity IN mosquitoes. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label. Treat standing water that can not be eliminated with a mosquito larvicide.

"Particularly in the evening or at night - that's when all mosquitoes are most active".

• Maintain window and door screens to keep mosquitos out of buildings.

Other patients infected with the virus may experience milder symptoms such as headache, fever and rash. The virus is then spread to humans through the bite of the infected mosquito.

People over the age of 50 are more likely to develop serious and potentially life-threatening symptoms.

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