West Nile Virus detected in multiple places in Ada County

West Nile Virus detected in multiple places in Ada County

Most endemic arboviral diseases are nationally notifiable and are reported by state health departments to CDC through ArboNET, the national arbovirus surveillance system, using standard surveillance case definitions that include clinical and laboratory criteria.

This brings the total to 16 human cases this year, with 11 having had the more serious, neuroinvasive form of the illness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the disease killed 167 people a year ago.

The department found mosquito pools positive for the West Nile Virus in the following zip codes: 38002, 38016, 38053, 38104, 38106, 38108, 38109, 38111, 38112, 38114, 38115, 38116, 38117, 38118, 38119, 38122, 38127, 38128, 38133 and 38135.

The Interior Health Authority (IHA) has issued a warning about the increased risk of the West Nile virus at this time of year.

The last time aerial spraying was conducted over the city was in 2014.

Furthermore, the West Nile virus continues to be a seasonal disease.

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Though a very small number of West Nile cases have been spread from mother to baby or through blood or organ donations, mosquito bites are the primary vehicle of transmissions.

Maricopa County Arizona has reported (97) the most West Nile Virus disease cases during 2019.

Drain Standing Water - Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water.

As part of the mosquito tracking program, the New Bedford Health Department will request that the BCMCP target key areas of the New Bedford for spraying, including public parks and locations that host large public events.

Also, IHA said any activity that prevents mosquitoes from biting or breeding can help reduce the risk of becoming infected. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flower pots, old vehicle tires, rain gutters and pet bowls. Fix or replace screens with tears or holes. Always use according to label instructions.

Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn. Make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep mosquitoes out.

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