Mosquitoes with the West Nile virus have been found in St. Louis County for the first time this summer
22 July, 2018, 23:07
And in Yolo County, 7 mosquito samples and 6 dead birds have also tested positive. One in five people infected will develop a fever along with other symptoms like headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.
The most serious cases of West Nile can be deadly.
In North Carolina between 2012 and 2017, 25 people had the virus affect their central nervous system.
Mosquitoes buzz and bite people and the Department of Health says they have started earlier this year than normal.
"Take a couple of minutes and make that they're using appropriate and effective insect repellant things that contain DEET 20 to 50 percent", said Hull.
West Nile virus is a potentially life-threatening disease contracted through the bite of an infected mosquito.
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West Nile first showed up in the U.S. in birds in the Bronx Zoo and in dead crows in New York City.
Hot weather speeds both virus growth and mosquito development, and serves as an important reminder to residents to defend themselves against West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses. "West Nile is endemic to the area, so that means we're going to see it every year", said David Zazra, communications manager for the agency. During that time, 48 people have died from the infection in North Carolina through 2016.
Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside, and if possible, use air conditioning. 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.
The first finding of mosquito-transmitted virus in DE also serves, he said, as a good reminder for people to continue taking common-sense precautions against mosquito bites.
Horses should be kept inside during dawn and dusk, which are peak hours for mosquito activity.
Use an EPA-registered mosquito repellent and apply according the manufacturer's instructions.
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