Mosquito tests positive for West Nile Virus in Flower Mound

Mosquitoes are the source of West Nile virus and public health officials are recommending the public take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites

There are no special precautions or waiting period recommendations for swimming pools regarding ground spraying, the news release said.

West Nile can cause severe illness in some people, and in very rare cases, serious neurological illness.

The reminder was issued after the Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit announced that Collingwood has West Nile Virus infected mosquitoes.

A mosquito in Montgomery County tested positive for West Nile virus, officials said Thursday. This is the first positive mosquito sample found in the town this year.

West Nile is primarily a bird virus that can affect humans and other animals and can be spread by the bite of summer mosquitoes.

According to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Rio Blanco County recorded two cases in 2016.

Wear protective clothing, including long trousers, long-sleeved shirts and socks, in areas where mosquitoes are active.

Health officials recommend draining standing water weekly, limit outdoor activities and take precautions outside during dusk and dawn, use an insect repellent with the effective ingredient deet, and dress in long sleeves and trousers where mosquitoes are active. Of the 20% that do show symptoms, most experience mild illness with symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, fatigue, skin rash and occasionally, vomiting and nausea.

"Since there is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatments for WNV infection, residents should adhere to preventive measures to protect themselves and their loved ones", said Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS medical director/health authority.

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