West Nile positive mosquitoes trapped in Douglas County

Posted August 17, 2017

Oroville Butte County's first human West Nile virus infection of 2017 has been confirmed by the Butte County Public Health Department. The 44-year-old man is from Clermont County, east of Cincinnati.

Mosquito traps set August 2 west of Highway 88 and north of Centerville Lane also tested positive of the West Nile Virus.

Officials with the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District this week reported a spike in West Nile virus activity, saying they found 49 infected mosquito samples in the region they serve in the last week alone. About 20 per cent of infected individuals will develop symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or a rash, but most will recover completely. Remember that mosquitoes are most active during dusk and dawn. No human cases have been reported in Northwest Ohio.

Unneeded standing water where mosquitoes can breed should also be drained.

The city is urging residents to take precautions to prevent the spread of West Nile virus.

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Officials anticipate encephalitis and West Nile vius detections will increase in the coming months. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Of those, 88 people have been hospitalized for the illness and three have died.

There have been 131 identified cases of humans contracting West Nile virus in CT since 2000, with three deaths, according to state records.

To decrease the chance of being bitten by an infected mosquito, health officials recommend draining still water and avoiding contact with mosquitoes by staying indoors around dawn and dusk, dressing in long sleeves and trousers and using insect repellant. To report standing water or mosquito breeding, call 3-1-1.

· Be sure door and window screens are tight-fitting and in good fix.

Use EPA-registered mosquito repellent and follow the label directions.