West Nile Virus Positive Mosquitoes Trapped By The Health Department

"Since its introduction in 2003, WNV has infected more than 6,500 people and has caused 292 fatalities statewide, according to the California Department of Public Health", states the Vector Control news release.

The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District have not confirmed any cases of human infections but did report the first mosquito sample found positive for the virus, which was collected from the El Camino Real Park in the city of Orange on July 30.

Health officials recommend that people protect themselves from West Nile by applying bug repellent, clearing their yards of standing water that attracts insects and wearing long sleeves and trousers at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

DEET-Apply repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient, such as DEET, and follow the directions on the package. Symptoms may include fever, headache, nausea, body aches, and a mild skin rash. The virus has become the most prevalent mosquito-borne disease in the United States.

Check your window screens for holes to make sure that mosquitoes can not enter your home. This year in particular, late spring rains have left standing water, which provides fertile ground for mosquitoes to breed and spread the illness. Drain such areas around your home (gutters, pools, tires, buckets, water bowls, etc.). These eat mosquito eggs and larvae. No deaths from the virus have been reported this year in the state. More than three-quarters of reported cases have had severe disease and approximately 7% of patients with severe WNV have died from complications.

The sample was collected on August 1 and confirmed to be WNV-positive by the lab at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) on August 5.

Public Health collaborates with local vector control agencies to target areas for mosquito control activities as well as educate people about how to protect themselves.

There are no vaccines or treatments for West Nile virus. Reduction of mosquito breeding sources and protection from mosquito bites are the best ways to prevent WNV infection.

Crews are scheduled to conduct mosquito trapping around the park, district officials said.

The disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito.

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