Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
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Mosquitoes in Cheshire test positive for West Nile Virus

Mosquitoes in Cheshire test positive for West Nile Virus

This wide-scale increase was driven by expanding and intensifying positive mosquito findings and human infections, according to the city Health Director Gina Armstrong.

According to the Center, in 2018 the European Union reported 710 cases with fever among the people, and neighboring countries, the European Union is still 265 cases.

"The season for West Nile virus will not be over until the weather is much cooler and mosquito larvae are not capable of development", Eimen said.

West Nile virus is regularly transmitted by mosquitoes around the state, and can be fatal.

A dead crow found August 27 in Loda tested positive for the West Nile virus, the Iroquois County Public Health Department announced Thursday.

West Nile virus spreads to humans through mosquito bites. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. Mosquito activity does slow down as temperatures drop, but until our area experiences a hard freeze, personal protection measures need to be taken. About one in five people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms and about one in 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness. "In addition to having more positive tests in Clermont County this year, overall we have trapped a higher number of mosquitoes as well".

People who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay, or robin should contact the health department at 815-433-3366, which will determine whether the bird will be picked up for testing.

And it's also a good idea to clean clogged gutters and check and fix screen doors. Insect repellents should not be used on children under two months of age. Health officials are reminding the public to practice the three "R's" - reduce exposure, repel when outdoors, and report stagnant water locations. Fix or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Empty standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.

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