Case of West Nile confirmed in Greene County

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The MSDH Public Health Laboratory has confirmed nine new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in the state, and the first MS death from WNV for 2017.

The mosquitoes were found in areas of Bergen, Morris and Passaic counties. "The city and county are taking all steps to remove mosquitos through larvicide, spraying and monitoring". About 80 percent of people infected with WNV will not show any symptoms at all; however, cases can range from mild to severe.

"The county is still conducting a mosquito trapping and identification program with grant funds we received from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services", Farmer said. Make sure your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. However, only a very few species are expected to be important in West Nile virus transmission. People with symptoms and recent mosquito bites are encouraged to visit their physician to discuss the necessity of testing.

"If you have any water standing long enough", Kirk Tubbs, abatement district manager, recently told News Radio 1310, "mosquitoes will find it - a forgotten swimming pool, water left in a bucket or water trough".




Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors. While individuals can minimize their risk of getting the virus by avoiding areas with West Nile-positive mosquitoes, eliminating standing water near their homes, using insect repellant, and wearing protective clothing outdoors during the dusk through dawn hours, public health officials practice vector control tasks to manage and eliminate areas with West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes.

Clean clogged roof gutters, particularly if leaves tend to plug up the drains.

Now more than ever, it's important to keep in mind to bring insect repellent when heading outdoors.

Dress appropriately when outdoors - Wear shoes, socks, and long trousers and long-sleeved shirts that are loose fitting and light colored.

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