Two Infected With West Nile Virus In First Cases Of 2018

Trevor BaileyAug 13, 2018

The sample was confirmed to be West Nile Virus positive by the lab at the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services in Helena.

Public health officials have detected West Nile Virus in a pool of mosquitoes in Stirling-Rawdon.

DPH says the people did not travel out of the state before becoming sick.

Gabrielle Sakolsky, assistant superintendent with the Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project, says they had nine samples test positive for the virus for the whole season a year ago.

West Nile virus is transmitted to humans via the bite of infected mosquitoes, with symptoms - including fever, headache, body aches and nausea - typically developing within three to 14 days.

Dozens of states are reporting a boom in cases of people contracting West Nile Virus.

This is not Fairfield's first human case of WNV, this is the seventh case since 2000 and 33rd case in Fairfield County since 2000.

The SHA is reminding residents to take precautions including wearing insect repellants that contain DEET; ones containing Icaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus are also recommended. Most notably, they swarm your house and can breed in just a few drops of water.

Drill holes in the bottom of containers such as those used for recycling.

Landscape to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas.

Anyone concerned about mosquitoes should avoid being out at dawn and dusk. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.

It's also recommending that residents reduce their time spent outside during dusk and dawn, wear long sleeves and long trousers. More than 40,000 acres were treated over two nights in July using Trumpet EC, an insecticide routinely used for mosquito control throughout the country. This includes using bug spray, making sure door and window screens are tight-fitting and limiting the amount of standing water near your home, the release said.

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