Human case of West Nile virus reported in Lyon County

Leslie Hanson
August 19, 2018

Dr. Shereef Elnahal, New Jersey's Health Commissioner, said in a statement, "Residents should protect themselves by using repellent, wearing long sleeves and trousers and avoiding the outdoors during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active".

A dead crow found in Rock County on July 13 has tested positive for West Nile virus, according to a news release from the Rock County Health Department.

Carson City Health and Human Services said Thursday a resident of Lyon County diagnosed with the less severe from of the illness contracted the virus through mosquito bites out of state. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water.

Wear long sleeves and trousers when outside.

If you're sitting on a deck or patio, set up an electric fan nearby because mosquitoes do not like wind or breeze.

The mosquito most associated with West Nile is the Culex species.

Other mosquitoes, like the Asian tiger mosquito, are active during the day and can be a major nuisance, Smith said, because they're small and aggressive.

In addition to the one positive human in York County, Smith said there were also two positive tests in Franklin County, and another in Allegheny County on Wednesday.

Accidental exposure is not expected to cause any health concerns in most people, and no precautions are needed the day after the application, as all residues will have evaporated.

The first confirmed infection in Kentucky was found in a horse in Bourbon County in September.

Mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus in other parts of Nevada, including last month in Clark County and Washoe County. The new procedure enables results within one day of collection, thus reducing wait times and allowing for earlier treatments of at-risk areas.

Staff from the Delaware County Mosquito-Borne Disease Control Program will apply an Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) mosquito treatment during the evening of Friday to portions of Radnor provided that weather and environmental conditions remain suitable for the operation.

"With increased temperatures these past few weeks numerous mosquito samples from across the state have been confirmed to be carrying West Nile virus", Office of Mosquito Control Coordination Administrator Scott Crans said.

This story comes to us through a partnership between WITF and The York Daily Record.

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