West Nile Virus Detected in Mosquitoes Along Shoreline (But Don't Panic)

An infected mosquito can spread the West Nile virus

Four regions of the state remain under a high-risk warning for West Nile, including north-central, south-central, northwest and southwest Kansas.

Health officials say 80 per cent of people who become infected with West Nile virus do not get sick.

West Nile virus is the most prevalent mosquito-borne illness in Arizona. Only a very small per cent of people, one per cent, develop neuroinvasive West Nile, which can cause inflammation of the brain. People who have had the virus before are considered immune.

The department recommends knowing the risk and taking action to prevent mosquito bites to protect yourself against West Nile Virus.

According to DEP's web site, Schuylkill County is marked as "High Risk" and is consider a Hot Zone for the West Nile Virus.

When you are outdoors, use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient on skin and clothing, including DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. Hot weather is favorable for mosquitoes, shortening the time for them to develop from egg to adult, and small pools of stagnant water provide the flawless habitat for Culex mosquitoes to lay eggs.

Also, residents are reminded to dispose of water-holding containers in their yards, like ceramic pots, used tires, and tire swings, and clean out gutters. Talk with your veterinarian about vaccinating your horse to protect them against WNV.

The best way to deal with West Nile is prevention, and that involves taking steps to prevent bites. It was first found in the U.S.in 1999 and was detected in Arizona in 2003. Severe symptoms of WNV are associated with encephalitis or meningitis, and may include a stiff neck, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, muscle weakness, convulsions and paralysis.

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