Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in Mississauga

West Nile virus: Maricopa County case count rises

West Nile virus: Maricopa County case count rises

Testing in Burlington County has revealed the presence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus, West Nile Virus and Jamestown Canyon Virus in mosquitoes.

Most people do not feel ill from an infected mosquito. In 2018, the county reported 12 infections and one West Nile virus-related death.

Use an EPA-registered mosquito repellent with DEET, permethrin, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus; follow package directions about application.

West Nile recurs in the county during the summer and into the fall each year, health officer Nichole Quick said in a statement.

According to the OC Health Care Agency, there were 12 human cases of West Nile virus in the county a year ago, and one death.

Empty all standing water in your property to cut back areas in which mosquitoes could breed, including flower pots and pet bowls. Those who are over 60 years old, have underlying medical conditions or depressed immune systems are at higher risk for the more severe form of West Nile virus.

On Aug. 5, the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District announced that mosquitoes found in Orange, together with nine dead birds found in Cypress, Buena Park, Huntington Beach, and Tustin, had tested positive for the virus. There is no cure for WNV.

Most people who become infected with West Nile do not experience symptoms, but about 20 percent will develop a fever and may have a headache, body aches, nausea, tiredness and sometimes a skin rash. These symptoms can last for several days to months. However, in less than one per cent of those infected, the virus can cause an inflammation of the brain (known as encephalitis) and of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord (meningitis).