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Mosquito-borne disease activity increasing in Sarasota County Local mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus
Gustavo Carr | 30 July, 2018, 04:14

Mosquitoes in Sarasota County near Venice have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Sarasota County Mosquito Management Services.

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Many people who are infected with the virus may not show symptoms at all or experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest stomach and back. "It's important to get into the habit of protecting yourself from mosquito bites now because we've got a summer of warm weather and outdoor activities ahead of us".

There is no cure for humans of the mosquito-borne disease, nor is there a specific treatment.

Avoid being outdoors from dusk to dawn, peak mosquito biting times, if possible.

Wear light-colored, lightweight clothing with long sleeves and long trousers when outdoors at dawn or dusk.

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The virus became a concern last week when samplings of mosquitoes collected in the Keystone Heights area tested positive.

"Public Health Officials in Chicopee continue to work closely with MDPH and other agencies in surveillance of the local mosquito population", according to a statement from Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos's office. As a precaution, the Maryland Department of Agriculture is spraying nearby areas.

According to the release, samples are being sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmatory testing.

No West Nile in humans has been detected.

To lower your chances of attracting mosquitoes, experts said to make sure you drain any rain barrels, bird baths, or anything that can hold standing water, and put on bug spray if you are going to be outside.

"More swelling, more pain at the site, more redness, and it can actually cause more complications", said Miriam Copeland, Nurse Practitioner.