Human case of West Nile virus reported in Lyon County

Health Department offers help towards mosquitos

Health Department offers help towards mosquitos

The North Dakota Department of Health has identified a human West Nile virus (WNV) case in Grand Forks County.

To date this year, early season mosquito testing reveals that both Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile virus are circulating within mosquito populations in New Jersey.

The objective of the sprayings is to control the population of adult mosquitoes and reduce the risk of spreading Mosquito-Borne Viruses throughout the area.

"Simple things like emptying containers with standing water, using insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and trousers", the coroner said.

"With increased temperatures these past few weeks numerous mosquito samples from across the state have been confirmed to be carrying West Nile virus", Office of Mosquito Control Coordination Administrator Scott Crans said.

The virus itself can cause symptoms in humans which include headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea and rash, although most infected people (approximately 80 percent) do not develop symptoms, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

West Nile fever causes mild flu-like symptoms in some people.

 Dispose of cans, buckets, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar containers that hold water on your property.

Drill holes in the bottoms of all recycling containers that are left outdoors. When pools are not in use, then use pool covers drain water when necessary.

Use insect repellent with DEET.

Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours.

 Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician for questions about the use of repellant on children, as repellant is not recommended for children under the age of two months.

It would also be useful to clean and chlorinate swimming pools.

Use window and door screens and fix any holes in screens to help keep mosquitoes outside.

So far no cases of West Nile have been found in Mesa County but they have in Weld, Boulder, Larimer, and Delta counties.