Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Mosquito surveillance in Monona County

West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitoes in Worcester and Auburn West Nile Virus detected in mosquitoes in Worcester and Auburn; No humans have tested positive
Samantha Long | 09 July, 2018, 18:54

With the summer now in full swing, the Oswego County Health Department is reminding people to protect themselves from mosquito bites to guard against diseases such as Eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile virus.

Vector Control already started fogging some of the areas.

Officials say fogging, along with storm drain treatments, larviciding and backyard inspections, will continue this week and next week permitting the weather.

The discovery follows five recent detections of West Nile virus in mosquitoes found in Palm Desert and Indian Wells, which led to increased mosquito spraying and trapping in those cities. Young children, the elderly and those with lowered immune systems are at greater risk of severe symptoms. Eight out of 10 people who get West Nile Virus do not get any symptoms at all, while others may experience mild symptoms such as headache, vomiting, diarrhea, joint pains, and rashes.

Defend: When outdoors, use an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, 2-undecanone, or IR3535 and reapply according to label directions.

If possible, limit outdoor exposure between dusk and dawn.

Syrian state media: Israel attacked T4 air base in Homs
The TV aired a cell phone video footage, showing the air defence missiles twinkling in the night chasing the Israeli targets. After bombing Iranian units in Syria in retaliation, an Israeli F-16 was shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire.

Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes. Residents should also make sure that their window and door screens are in good fix to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside. Empty buckets, flower pots, old tires from holding water.

"That includes any place where there is standing water".

Clean out birdbaths, wading pools and swimming pools.

Clean roof gutters and downspout screens.

Norfolk Department of Public Health maintains a mosquito hotline for citizens by calling 757-683-2914, option #4.

For information about mosquito control and surveillance measures, call the Vector Control Division at 757-683-2840, weekdays from 7 a.m.to 3:30 p.m.

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