Elmore County mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

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Douglas County health officials report that the county has had its first confirmed case of West Nile virus for 2017.

State environmental officials did not find West Nile virus or eastern equine encephalitis in the latest round of mosquito tests in Rhode Island.

West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

Eighty percent of people who are infected with West Nile virus do not get sick. Stagnant water sitting in buckets, clogged rainspouts, toys, unattended swimming pools, etc., can quickly become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

While most people with the virus will experience mild or no symptoms, some can develop severe symptoms including high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis, according to Tomarken.

Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of developing central nervous system illness that can be fatal. During 2016, 13 cases of West Nile virus infection were reported among Wisconsin residents.

They're also most active in September.

Four other traps in the testing surveillance project are created to attract Aedes Egypti and Aedes Albopictus mosquitoes - two species known to carry Zika virus.

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