More mosquitoes in DeKalb, Sycamore, Sandwich test positive for West Nile

Posted August 13, 2018

Hoosier health officials are urging IN residents to take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites amid an increase IN West Nile virus activity across the state IN 2018.

DRAIN STANDING WATER-Standing water is the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Drain Standing Water - Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. The city urges residents to survey their own property to ensure any potential breeding areas are properly maintained.

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Three people died from West Nile fever after the outbreak in Athens, which has infected 60 people this year.

Although humans and horses can become ill from the infection, the disease cannot be spread from people or horses.

Public health officials have detected West Nile Virus in a pool of mosquitoes in Stirling-Rawdon. During all of 2017, there was one human case reported while the total number of ZIP Codes testing positive was four. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.

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The Waukesha County Environmental Health Division has been notified of the first confirmed case of the West Nile Virus (WNV) in birds found in the county this year. The likelihood of transmission to humans and horses can be decreased by personal mosquito avoidance and the use of WNV and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) vaccines in horses.

Most people infected with the virus don't show symptoms, but those who have a reaction may experience fever, nausea, headaches and muscle aches for a few days or weeks. To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay, or raven, call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.

Aptie Sookoo, Public Health Inspector at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health said because of the recent weather conditions, there is a high possibility that more pools positive with West Nile are likely to appear.

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