West Nile virus found in Payette County

Trevor BaileyJul 02, 2018

CT and MA reported finding West Nile virus in mosquito samples this week.

Officials in Washington also discovered a pool of mosquitos that tested positive for the virus in Benton County.

Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellant. The risk is low right now because the culex tarsalis mosquito has been detected, and the risk will jump to moderate when the virus itself is detected.

Drain any standing water around your house, including flower pots, clogged gutters, buckets, pools, covers, pet water bowls, tires, birdbaths, and outdoor toys.

Health department officials trap at one location only, Beerman said.

Up to 20 percent of the people who become infected have symptoms such as fever, headache, and body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. Infected mosquitoes pass the virus onto birds, animals and people.

Deputy Chief Medical health officer Dr. Denise Werker says mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus attack from dusk until dawn.

Mosquitoes in Springfield, Vermont, have tested positive for West Nile virus. "We have one of the best mosquito control programs in the country, but West Nile virus is here to stay".

In a very small number of cases, West Nile virus has been spread through blood transfusions, organ transplants, and from mother to baby during pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding, according to the CDC. People over the age of 50 are reportedly more likely to develop serious symptoms of West Nile if they do get sick.

"You can spray it on your clothes so you don't have to treat yourself every day", Beerman said.

Be careful using repellent on the hands of children as it may irritate the eyes and mouth.

When practical, wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, shoes, socks and hats outside, especially in wooded areas. Parents should read labels carefully and follow instructions for repellent application.

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