Health officials warn of increased West Nile activity

Aedes albopictus mosquito

"Historically, August and September are the months when the majority of human cases occur and represent the greatest risk for acquiring West Nile virus infection", said Dr. Theodore Andreadis, Director of CAES, in the same statement.

El Dorado County health officials received confirmation last week that a bird found in the South Lake Tahoe area, of El Dorado County, has tested positive for West Nile virus, the first for 2017.

In Ontario, there have been seven reported cases of West Nile virus and 113 positive mosquito pools identified from 21 different health units.

Throughout the summer, public health traps and tests mosquito pools across the county on a weekly basis. In rare cases, west nile virus can cause meningitis and encephalitis.

The number of cases identified at this time is higher than the previous 5-year average, Los Angeles County health officials said, according to the Daily News.

District personnel are conducting extra surveillance and mosquito control in the areas where the virus has been found.

There have been 31 cases of West Nile Virus reported this year in the State of Mississippi.

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Early symptoms of West Nile include nausea, fever, vomiting and headache. About 1 out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness.

If you have any of these symptoms and have a history of recent mosquito bites, you should contact your doctor.

· Wear shoes, socks, long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods, or when mosquitoes are more active.

Wear long, light-colored clothing when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are more active.

Apply insect repellent that contains DEET or another approved substance (e.g. picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535) on exposed skin when outdoors.

Make sure all roof gutters are properly draining and clean.

Drain standing water around the property and keep water in swimming pools, ponds and water troughs circulating or treated with "Mosquito Dunks" or mosquito fish. Positive findings are reported to local health departments and on the CAES website here.

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