First mosquitoes carrying West Nile arrive in Winnipeg

First mosquitoes carrying West Nile arrive in Winnipeg

First mosquitoes carrying West Nile arrive in Winnipeg

The California Department of Public Health reported five additional human West Nile virus (WNV) cases in the past week, bringing the total in 2018 to nine in six counties to date. While mosquitoes found in Montana are unable to transmit other diseases like Zika virus, they are able to transmit WNV.

The first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile Virus were trapped in New Canaan on June 19.

West Nile virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.

"Those people are at a higher risk of developing severe symptoms like a coma, tremors, muscle weakness, and paralysis" Indiana State Health Department Epidemiologist Taryn Stevens said. "With planning and careful effort, West Nile infection can often be prevented", said Rick Dawson, Senior Manager of Surveillance and Investigation.

Reducing the amount of time spent outdoors during peak mosquito hours, between dusk and dawn.

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Improve landscaping to prevent standing water around the home. Use a repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient (DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] or IR3535) according to the instructions on the product label. People older than 50 and individuals with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus.

Installing or repairing window screens.

There is no specific treatment or vaccine for West Nile virus in people.

Three residents were diagnosed and hospitalized due to West Nile infections past year. Up to 20 percent of the people who show mild symptoms will have flu-like symptoms and may sometimes experience swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back.

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