Mosquito in MetroWest Tests Positive For West Nile Virus


Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

The positive findings came from mosquitoes trapped by DEM staff and tested at the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) State Health Laboratories.

The Cape Cod Times reports that state Department of Health said Thursday 14 mosquito samples from Falmouth, Barnstable, Dennis, Bourne and Yarmouth tested positive for the virus after being trapped Tuesday and July 31.

In each case the people had no symptoms at the time of donating blood through a blood collection agency, but whose blood tested positive when screened for the presence of West Nile virus. Door County Public Health interim manager Sue Powers says there are things you can do to help protect yourself.

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To reduce the mosquito population and potential for infection, truck-mounted mosquito spray application is scheduled for 10 midnight Monday, on roads within a mile radius of the Pecks Road and Wahconah Street intersection. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide the best protection.

Make sure window and door screens are in good fix to prevent mosquito entry.

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Turn over wheelbarrows, wading pools, boats, and canoes when not in use. "Change out water in bird baths and pet watering bowls weekly and place screening on rain barrels".

Empty, drain, remove, cover or turn upside down any container that can hold water. Most notably, they swarm your house and can breed in just a few drops of water.

The majority of people, approximately 80 percent, who are infected with West Nile virus do not get sick. Most people who are infected with WNV do not have any symptoms; however some can develop a fever with other symptoms like headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash.

Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of developing central nervous system illness that can be fatal.

Since 1999, when the virus was first detected in CT, cases have cropped up ever year.

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District has been monitoring the areas where West Nile activity has intensified over the past few weeks, stated spokeswoman Luz Maria Robles. They include American Crows found dead near downtown Davis on August 1 and in South Davis near Old Willowbank on August 2, as well as a California Scrub Jay found July 16 at Arroyo Park.

Aptie Sookoo, Public Health Inspector at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health said because of the recent weather conditions, there is a high possibility that more pools positive with West Nile are likely to appear.