DEP reports first human case of West Nile Virus

DEP reports first human case of West Nile Virus

Mosquitoes in Sarasota County near Venice have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Sarasota County Mosquito Management Services.

"It's a little earlier in the year as far as human cases go than I think than in years past", said Ryan Kerch, the Environmental Health Supervisor for the Winnebago County Health Department.

West Nile Virus has been found in, but there's no need to start worrying too much.

The city's public health department says a batch of mosquitoes trapped this week in the city has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).

The West Nile Virus has also been discovered in Southern Georgia this year.

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Although mosquitoes can bite at any time of the day or night, the mosquitoes that transmit WNV are most active at dawn and dusk.

Officials will continue to monitor the virus until October 1 by testing mosquito samples, dead crows, and blue jays. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30 percent or less on older children. "It's important to get into the habit of protecting yourself from mosquito bites now because we've got a summer of warm weather and outdoor activities ahead of us". Long-sleeves, long trousers and socks will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

Residents are being reminded to protect themselves against mosquito bites and to remove standing water from private property to prevent mosquito breeding. Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors. Mosquitoes can grow & develop in standing water.

There have been no reports of people affected with the disease in the area.

The Allegheny County Health Department was scheduled to spray a pesticide on Thursday or Friday in Pittsburgh's North Side and West End neighborhoods to kill mosquitoes.

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