West Nile virus detected in Orleans Parish mosquitoes


West Nile virus detected in Orleans Parish mosquitoes

AHS reminds Albertans to take precaution against West Nile virus

AHS reminds Albertans to take precaution against West Nile virus

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says West Nile virus has been found in mosquito samples collected in Pittsfield.

This year, chickens are the first to provide evidence of West Nile virus, while in previous years, chickens typically tested positive later in the year.

The results for the second crow came back positive four days later. He said his crew was done with scheduled spraying, but would spray an area if citizens called reporting mosquitoes. Most people who get infected with West Nile Virus will have either no symptoms or mild symptoms.

Light colored shirts and long trousers and long-sleeved shirts are very helpful.

DRAINAGE - Remove all standing water outside the home.

The parish urges residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites by limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, using EPA-approved repellents and reducing the number of mosquitoes by emptying water-filled containers.

A vaccine is available for horses, however, and recommended as eight cases of equine West Nile Virus were reported in Montana past year. If you do spend time outdoors...

According to the CDC, 80 percent of the people who become infected don't have symptoms, but some develop flu-like symptoms, which can last for weeks or even months.

Residents can find out more about the virus at the county's West Nile website or on the CDC's online fact sheet.

A resident living in the 75061 ZIP code was diagnosed with the neuroinvasive form of the disease, the more serious form of the virus.

Check window and door screens so mosquitoes can not enter the home.

Symptoms include fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and headache, while those with neurological syndrome can show serious symptoms, including tremors, drowsiness and paralysis.