West Nile detected in Kalamazoo Co; human case in Berrien Co

West Nile detected in Kalamazoo Co; human case in Berrien Co

West Nile detected in Kalamazoo Co; human case in Berrien Co

Two cases in Northeast Ohio have been confirmed, and the animals had not been vaccinated. "But since the human case of West Nile we have stepped up our adulticide from the ground hitting each zone twice this week". State health officials recorded 285 dead birds, 942 positive mosquito samples and 38 chickens infected with WNV, according to the state health agency.

Some mosquitoes in Canada can spread West Nile virus to humans through mosquito bites. Other mosquito-borne illnesses also are rising, including La Crosse encephalitis (from four to six cases), Dengue fever (from one to three) and Malaria from 30 to 32.

The number of mosquito samples that tested positive for the disease is below past year: 1,805 positive samples were found by this time in 2017.

People over the age of 50 and those with chronic illness are at highest risk for serious illness from WNV.

How can I protect myself?

More information, including all WNV and EEE positive results, can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page at www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito or by calling the DPH Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800.

After it rains, you should tip and toss any standing water, where mosquitos may breed, including clogged gutters. Stagnant backyard pools can be a big source of mosquitoes and should be maintained regularly to prevent mosquito growth.

Check to see if the screens on your doors and windows are in good shape. According KEELPNO's weekly report, released on Thursday, yet more virus infections are expected in the coming period.

Repel mosquitoes by wearing long trousers, long-sleeved shirts, shoes and socks and by applying insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535 according to product instructions. Check the product label for instructions on proper use. Repellents containing DEET, eucalyptus, lemon oil or IR 3535 help keep mosquitoes from biting.

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