West Nile Virus Reported In Over 20 States In 2018

West Nile Virus detected in mosquitoes in Worcester and Auburn; No humans have tested positive

West Nile Virus detected in mosquitoes in Worcester and Auburn; No humans have tested positive

Statistical data for the number of Zika and West Nile virus cases reported by the county this year so far, is not yet available, but health officials warn, following times of heavy rain and flooding, the number of cases generally spike.

"Culex pipiens mosquitoes, which are the primary carriers of West Nile virus, are most abundant in mid- to late summer, when the weather is hot", said Michael Adam, Senior Biologist for the Health Department.

Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water.

"We will go out and larvicide standing water that we can find, we will then begin adulticiding the area", stated Matthew Galbraith, environmental health specialist within the Bartholomew County Health Department. Since 2002, there have been 64 confirmed cases in humans in the county - two of which were fatal.

Most people bitten by a mosquito with West Nile Virus do not get sick.

No humans have tested positive for the virus, according to the city of Worcester. Not everyone infected with West Nile Virus will become ill. The program also monitors reports of dead birds (an early sign of the presence of the virus) and investigates areas of stagnant water for the presence of mosquito larvae, specifically from the Culex mosquito, which is the primary carrier of West Nile in IL.

Worcester officials are urging residents to be cautious outside as West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected in both Worcester and Auburn. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle ache. People age 50 and older have the highest risk of severe disease.

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