Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
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West Nile virus found in crow in Bangor Township

West Nile virus found in crow in Bangor Township

Symptoms of WNV include headache, fever, neck discomfort, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes and a rash that usually develop two to 14 days after being infected.

In rare instances, West Nile virus can be fatal.

West Nile virus has been found in Ottawa-area mosquitoes for the first time this season.

Officials say the best protection is to avoid being bitten.

"We see cases of West Nile Virus in mosquito samples every year". A mosquito pool in Lancaster County and a mosquito pool in Phelps County tested positive early that month.

Those with severe cases are hospitalized and receive supportive care such as intravenous fluids and respiratory treatment.

Wear light-colored, lightweight clothing with long sleeves and long trousers when outdoors at dawn or dusk. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label.

The Mosquito and Termite Control Board will continue to take proactive measures to protect residents including applying insecticides by truck and applying larvicide to prevent mosquitoes from developing.

There have been no reports of people affected with the disease in the area. Larvicide can help reduce mosquito populations in areas where standing water cannot be eliminated through traditional drainage methods. "If you're the type of person who spends more time outside where mosquitoes are - either by avocation or vocation - you should take more precautions than the average person", she said. Check rain gutters and drains.

That means residents should remove standing water from their properties and guard against mosquito bites, public health officials said in a media release.

For additional information on West Nile and mosquitoes from the health district, visit their website.

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