Published: Fri, August 04, 2017
Medical | By Dorothy Lyons

West Nile Virus confirmed in Rosemont

West Nile Virus confirmed in Rosemont

"While Utah County does not now have any confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus, this is a great reminder to residents of the importance of taking steps to protect themselves from mosquitoes", says Eric Edwards, MCHES, MPA, Deputy Director of the Utah County Health Department.

The mosquitoes were found in areas of Bergen, Morris and Passaic counties. "The city and county are taking all steps to remove mosquitos through larvacide, spraying and monitoring". Anyone can get the virus, but older adults and people with compromised immune systems have the highest risk of developing severe illness because their bodies have a harder time fighting off the disease.

This season's first batch of mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus in Westchester has been confirmed by the Westchester County Department of Health.

Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of the home.

The public can reduce the number of mosquitoes around their home and neighborhood by eliminating standing water, in which mosquitoes can breed.

Wearing long, light-colored clothing to cover the arms and legs. If you have been bitten by mosquitoes and are experiencing these symptoms, contact your medical care provider. In 2006, Idaho led the nation for West Nile illnesses with nearly 1,000 infections that contributed to 23 deaths.

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"We've received so much rain that large standing water is not getting stagnate where mosquito larvae are hatching".

Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers, and check uncovered junk piles.

Reducing exposure, the release stated, includes avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.

Apply an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol to clothes and exposed skin.

Property owners with pools are encouraged to keep them clean.

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