West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Perth County traps

West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Perth County traps

First West Nile death of 2018 in Dallas County reported, officials confirm

There is new evidence of West Nile virus in Perth County.

A mosquito trap in Drumbo has tested positive for West Nile virus. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever with other symptoms such as a headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash.

The first appearance of West Nile was in late-July, with a crow in Sarnia testing positive for the virus. Only about 20 percent of those who come in contact with West Nile virus exhibit any symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Throughout the summer months, public health traps and tests mosquito pools across Oxford County on a weekly basis. It's now been detected in Ada County.

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Limit outdoor activities during dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

The state only had four cases until then, but reported 14 positive cases last week. Of the 26 Dallas County residents infected a year ago, two died from the mosquito-borne illness.

People older than 50 are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus.

Use insect repellent when outdoors; a repellent with DEET or Icaridin offers the most effective protection. He's a Dallas native and a graduate of the University of North Texas.

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