Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Sugar Land

West Nile virus Italy and a mosquito West Nile virus The mosquito-borne disease has spread in northern Italy
Jordan Brady | 05 August, 2018, 00:02

About 20% of people who become infected with West Nile virus will develop West Nile fever. "It is imperative that Pennsylvania residents take common-sense precautions to protect themselves from mosquitoes", said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.

Mosquitoes of the genus Culex, the type that transmits West Nile, were collected in a trap on East Baldwin Street July 26, according to a post on the Hackettstown Police Department Facebook page.

Health officials said this is a good time to reduce the number of mosquitoes near your home by fixing any broken screens and removing standing water. Eliminate or drain all sources of standing water on your property, including flower pots, old vehicle tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.

The health department expects to find West Nile virus ever year, and so far there are no documented human cases of West Nile in Kent County.

Keep in mind to use insect repellant when you go outdoors. Bird baths, clogged gutters and kiddie pools are common breeding sites.

Be particularly careful at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Whale Dolphin Hybrid Discovered Off The Coast Of Hawaii
Scientists are touting the first sighting of a hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin off Hawaii . The hybrid, named Kekaimalu, still lives at the marine mammal park, where she helps teach children about genetics.

In Wilton, 185 mosquitoes have been caught in the trap on Saunders Drive and one tested positive for Jamestown Canyon virus. The pool of water that collects in a single upturned bottle cap can incubate hundreds of eggs.

Dr. Raul Pino, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health, said mosquito-borne illness is a threat to take seriously, especially from now until well into September.

Last week, Maryland health officials reported the first confirmed case of a West Nile-infected adult in that state.

The virus is passed on to human beings from birds and mosquitoes. Long trousers and sleeves are also an important way to cut down on possible exposure to mosquitoes.

Initial symptoms can include fever, headache, nausea and vomiting, muscle aches and weakness and rash, but most infected people don't show any symptoms. While most make a full recovery, severe cases can lead to meningitis, encephalitis, paralysis and, in the most extreme cases, to death.

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