State confirms first signs West Nile Virus this year

State confirms first signs West Nile Virus this year

The risk can be further reduced by using insect repellant when outdoors, especially from dusk to dawn and, when possible, wearing long-sleeved shirts and trousers. But in a few cases, infection can result in encephalitis or meningitis, leading to paralysis, coma or even death.

Byers said most West Nile cases came in those months, mainly because people were outside more often during the summer months, particularly in the evening and morning hours when mosquitoes are most active. Though symptoms can vary in severity, anyone who thinks they have West Nile should speak with a doctor.

It's the time of year when both mosquitoes and tics thrive.

Some with severe symptoms may have to go to the hospital.

Wear long, loose and light colored clothing.

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Drain: Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace. “While mosquitoes found in Montana are unable to transmit other diseases like Zika virus, they are able to transmit West Nile Virus. Most mosquitoes can't start their lives without water.

Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District, an independent special district and public health agency, is located at 155 Mason Circle in Concord.

William Meredith says heavy rainfall in May and June meant more adult mosquitoes statewide, but mosquito numbers were knocked down with extensive spraying.

"So far it hasn't been that bad of a year, because my guys (have gone out) less than 10 times already", Sykes said. "That's been consistent over many, many years". There are otherwise no special precautions that should be taken.

State epidemiologist Dr. Tina Tan says West Nile activity usually increases in August and September. "There is no treatment, so the real focus with West Nile is on prevention as the season gets underway. That's how you prevent infection".

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