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More mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in Chatham County

More mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in Chatham County

The San Joaquin County Public Health Services has confirmed that a 51 year old male living in Stockton is the first human diagnosed with West Nile virus (WNV) infection in San Joaquin County this year.

White says he prefers to control the mosquito population through biological means as a first resort.

"These infections are rare, but this is a tragic reminder that they can be fatal", said State Public Health Veterinarian Carl Williams. Other mosquito-borne viruses transmitted in the state that cause human illness include LaCrosse and Eastern equine encephalitis viruses. Those who do become sick usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches, rash and fatigue. Most people - about 80 percent - who are infected with West Nile virus do not get sick.

In North Carolina between 2012 and 2017, 25 people had the virus affect their central nervous system.

There have been no human cases of West Nile virus this season. "I ask everyone to prevent mosquito bites by eliminating standing water around your home, making sure your door and window screens are in good fix, and covering bare skin and using insect repellent when outside - especially at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active".

People bitten by mosquitoes may be infected by the virus.

Elk Grove, the Pocket and communities south of Fruitridge Road are scheduled for aerial insectide sprayings as part of the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District's plan to reduce the risk posed by West Nile virus. Rose says it could be different weather conditions or the virus growing more resistant.

Mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile in Kentucky and Missouri, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but county-level data isn't available for those states. During that time, 48 people have died from the infection in North Carolina through 2016.

It also said to drain any standing water like pet dishes, wading pools and gutters because the pests require water to complete their life cycle and lay eggs.

Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

The CDC recommends using repellents containing EPA-registered active ingredients including DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.

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