Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
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High Number Of Cape Cod Mosquitoes With West Nile Virus

High Number Of Cape Cod Mosquitoes With West Nile Virus

The west nile virus is "out of control" right now in Butte County, this is according to the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

The Centers for Disease Control reports there have been four human cases of the West Nile Virus in Minnesota this summer. The health department will also continue spraying pesticides until this year's first "freezing" temperatures. The two equine cases are in Musselshell County and Lake County, according to a press release from the agency. "These mosquitoes are most abundant in urban and suburban areas with dense human populations".

"It takes 2-6 days to become ill with West Nile virus so when you get bitten by the mosquitoes typically takes 2-6 days to get sick", said Dr. Matthew Cartter, chief Epidemiologist of the state's Dept. of Health.

A WNV-positive sample of adult Culex tarsalis mosquitoes was collected approximately six miles north of Great Falls on Thursday, July 12. Symptoms of these diseases might include headache, rash, high fever, stiff neck, mental confusion, muscle weakness, tremors, convulsions, coma, and paralysis.

"The identification of two CT residents with West Nile virus associated illness that required hospitalization underscores the potential seriousness of infection", said DPH Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino in a statement.

She said anyone who thinks they may be experiencing symptoms should see their doctor, she said.

DUSK and DAWN-This is when mosquitoes are most active. Residents are encouraged to remove any items that can hold water, which can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

DRESS APPROPRIATELY-Wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and socks.

This year, West Nile has not yet been found in a Wisconsin resident.

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