West Nile virus risk rising in southeast Sask.

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 21, 2018

But health officials warn the presence of mosquitoes with the virus raises the risk for people.

Many mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn.

Mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus are more likely to bite during the evening, night, and early morning.

"We are seeing a typical summer pattern where West Nile virus activity starts in the warmer areas of the Central Valley and gradually moves west into Contra Costa County as our weather warms up." said Steve Schutz, Ph.D., scientific programs manager.

Mosquitoes with West Nile virus have been found in Benton County this year since June 26, when a sample collected in West Richland tested positive. Dead birds can be important evidence of West Nile virus in the county.

Planes will release Trumpet EC, an EPA-registered insecticide routinely used to curb mosquito populations across the country, the news release said.

Officials also recommend wearing long sleeves and trousers as well as using repellent when outdoors.

To avoid getting mosquitoes in your house, make sure windows are tightly closed and to replace screens with holes in them. Eliminate or reduce all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs like wading pools, wheelbarrows, containers, rain downspouts and gutters, pet dishes and birdbaths and more. Talk with your veterinarian about vaccinating your horse to protect them against WNV.

The Centers for Disease Control says a year ago in the state there were two confirmed deaths and seven cases of West Nile. Although there have been no cases reported to the KDHE in 2018, there have been more than 600 cases of the most severe form of WNV and 30 deaths in Kansas from 1999-2017.

No human cases of West Nile have been reported in Orleans Parish so far.

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