Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Oneida County Resident Tests Positive for West Nile

Oneida County Resident Tests Positive for West Nile

West Nile is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes, with one in five people infected by the virus experiencing symptoms such as fever, headache, joint pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. For a current list of West Nile virus activity this year, visit this page on the district's website.

Officials with Montgomery County and The Woodlands Township are completing mosquito testing and surveying for diseases after trappings in the area yielded positive results for the West Nile virus.

People older than 50 are most at risk for WNV infection as are those with weakened immune systems. If an owner did not vaccinate their animal in previous years, the horse will need the two-shot vaccination series within a three to four week period.

District personnel are conducting extra surveillance and mosquito control in the areas where the bird and mosquitoes were found, said spokeswoman Deborah Bass.

As temperatures rise in midsummer, so do concerns over the threat posed by the West Nile vir... Stagnant backyard pools can be a big source of mosquitoes and should be maintained regularly to prevent mosquito growth.

Tips on how to protect yourself from West Nile, and how to help with the prevention of mosquitoes, can be found here. This is the time of day mosquitoes that can carry the virus are most active.

Such precautions include utilizing mosquito repellents; keeping doors and screens closed as much as possible; and wearing long sleeve shirts and trousers when outdoors.

Use insect repellents containing DEET, carefully following application instructions and never spraying it directly on a child.

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