Mosquitoes with West Nile virus found in Leominster

Frederick Owens
September 1, 2017

In addition, 86 WNV positive mosquito pools have been detected in seven MI counties and eight horses have tested positive in seven counties. However, DSHS emphasizes that personal protection is still the best defense against mosquito bites.

Fitchburg Board of Health Director Stephen Curry said it's rare for a person bitten by a mosquito infected by West Nile to become sick.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said that two people in Montcalm County, one person in Oakland and one person in Macomb County were found to have been stricken with the virus earlier this month. The only other county with positive pool tests was York, with two.

Public health officials have warned this could be a bad summer for West Nile virus. Escambia County Mosquito Control Division and FDOH-Escambia continue surveillance and prevention efforts, but want to ensure residents and visitors are aware and take proper precautions to prevent mosquito bites. So, it is advised that if people experience any symptoms of West Nile Virus then they should immediately contact the nearest healthcare provider.

Mild illness may include headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting diarrhea, or rash. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin. Hot weather, abandoned swimming pools and standing water create ideal conditions for the development of mosquitoes and the subsequent spread of the virus. According to hospital officials, it does mean that the public should understand the symptoms of West Nile virus and be vigilant in protecting against the disease. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flower pots, old vehicle tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.

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Re-apply mosquito repellent as often as needed to prevent mosquito landings and bites.

Wear shoes, socks, long trousers, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are more active.

Empty and clean birdbaths and pets' water bowls at least twice a week.

"The higher wind from a fan will help keep the mosquitoes from landing on you", said Hausbeck.

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