Friday, 17 August, 2018

West Nile mosquitoes found in Westchester

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Gustavo Carr | 03 August, 2018, 03:04

Four regions of the state remain under a high-risk warning for West Nile, including north-central, south-central, northwest and southwest Kansas.

The case was confirmed after a blood donor in Sanilac County tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus.

Most people - up to 80 per cent, the health unit says - who are infected with West Nile virus do not get sick.

West Nile-positive insects were also caught in Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, New Canaan, Stamford, Stratford and Waterbury earlier this year. People who are elderly, have compromised immunity, have cancer, have alcoholism or other factors that make them more susceptible to a neuroinvasive disease are more at risk.

Yavapai County health officials have found no evidence of West Nile Virus this monsoon season.

There have been no reported cases of anyone in Hartford having West Nile virus at this time. Culex species can carry West Nile Virus while Aedes mosquitoes can carry Zika virus.

Visit the KDHE WNV website weekly to learn about the current WNV risk level.

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"You can prevent mosquito bites by covering exposed skin or using repellents that contain DEET or icaridin".

Many mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn.

Eliminate stagnant water in birdbaths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires and any other receptacles in which mosquitoes might breed.

Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside. It was first found in the U.S.in 1999 and was detected in Arizona in 2003.

It all starts when "mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds".

Greg Lakin, KDHE's chief medical officer, said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that most cases of West Nile are not serious.