State confirms first signs West Nile Virus this year

State confirms first signs West Nile Virus this year

State confirms first signs West Nile Virus this year

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says West Nile virus has been found in mosquito samples collected in Pittsfield.

DeKalb County is warning its residents that mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus in one part of the county.

The results for the second crow came back positive four days later.

No human cases are reported.

Landscape to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas, and trim tall grass, weeds, and vines since mosquitoes use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours. Most people who get infected with West Nile Virus will have either no symptoms or mild symptoms.

•When possible, wear long sleeved shirts and trousers to protect from bites. This means VB Mosquito Control will focus on stagnant water, such as ditches and other standing water areas.

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West Nile virus was first identified in birds in IN in the summer of 2001, according to the state department of health.

Using insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 and follow the instructions when using them. "At this time of year, it's important to think the potential for West Nile, especially if you have been outdoors and you know you've been around mosquitoes".

Keep mosquitoes from laying eggs inside and outside of your home.

Symptoms of severe illness include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.

The first finding of mosquito-transmitted virus in DE also serves as a good reminder for people to continue taking common-sense precautions against mosquito bites.

Effective EEE and West Nile vaccines are available for horses through veterinarians, according to the Delaware Department of Agriculture's State Veterinarian's Office.

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