Health Care

West Nile case confirmed in Ben Hill County

West Nile case confirmed in Ben Hill County

So far in 2017 the mosquito-transmitted virus has turned up twice in Lambton County - first in a mosquito pool tested in Petrolia, and then in a dead crow found in Sarnia.

Hogeveen says although mosquito numbers appear to be declining as we move into the fall season, this is the time of year when mosquitoes with West Nile are most common. "What this means is people should take the appropriate precautions".

Approximately 80 percent of people who are infected with WNV will not show any symptoms at all, but there is no way to know in advance if you will develop an illness or not. Illness can occur three to 15 days after an infected bite, and it affects all ages. West Nile is not contagious from person-to-person through casual contact.

It is reported that, the Indiana's 53 out of 92 counties tested a positive report for presence of West Nile virus by analyzing two cases of humans from Lake and Hamilton County. Public Health Officials in South Georgia encourage everyone to guard against exposure to mosquitoes.

Set up outdoor fans to keep mosquitoes from flying near you.

In addition, Mosquito Bits are highly effective as a "shock treatment" where immediate larval control is needed due to an extremely dense population of mosquito larvae.

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Use insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, or PMD.

When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors.

The best defense against WNV is bite prevention.

To reduce the likelihood of infection, residents are advised to avoid mosquitoes, particularly between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and to use insect repellent.

Make sure window and door screens are in good fix to prevent mosquito entry.

"Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, so homeowners need to be vigilant in eliminating places where water can collect and stand in their yards and gardens".


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