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Mosquitoes with West Nile virus found in Louisville

Mosquitoes with West Nile virus found in Louisville

The Kent County Health Department says that they've found infected mosquitoes in the 49548, 49507 and 49504 zip codes.

The positive test in Oakville came from mosquitoes trapped this week.

According to the July 24 report, state officials have reported the virus in humans, mosquitoes, birds and sentinel and veterinary animals in a total of 36 states, including Alabama, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas.

The West Nile virus can occasionally cause severe disease, but most human infections are mild and cause fever, headache and body aches that last a few days.

Authorities say Iowa's first reported 2018 death associated with the West Nile virus has occurred. "Get rid of even small amounts of standing water around your home".

"While mosquito numbers are low in most communities, surveillance shows the numbers of infected Culex tarsalis continue to increase throughout southern Manitoba", a release from the province said. Less than one percent of those infected develop serious illness of the nervous system like encephalitis or meningitis.

To reduce the risk, the province suggests limiting time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn, using repellent, wearing light-coloured, loose clothing and making sure screens on windows and doors are free of holes.

Preventative measures include wearing long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and using mosquito repellant containing an EPA-registered active ingredient, such as DEET or Picaridin.

Officials also recommend dumping out standing water that can collect in old tires, planters, buckets, toys, flowerpots, trash cans and birdbaths.

"It doesn't take much for several hundred mosquitoes to be born".

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