Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Birds test positive for West Nile Virus

Birds test positive for West Nile Virus

The city of Frisco has confirmed 18 mosquito pools that have tested positive for West Nile virus so far this year.

According to the Mosquito and Vector Managment District (MVMD), the chickens are part of a "sentinel" flock.

The Mississippi State Department of Health says there are three new cases of West Nile Virus. WNV cases have been reported in all of the continental United States. Most people who become infected with West Nile virus do not have any symptoms.

In Frisco's first two human cases, the residents were diagnosed with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease.

Some people experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache and body aches, which subside after a few days to weeks.

However, in elderly people and those with suppressed immune systems the virus can be deadly.

· If you are outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, be sure to wear long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks.

When outdoors, wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts and use mosquito repellents.

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

County health officials urged the public to remain vigilant against mosquitoes until there's a mosquito-killing frost this year, and they urged horse owners to vaccinate their horses against EEE.

Remove all sources of standing water around your home and yard to prevent mosquito breeding.

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