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West Nile virus detected in mosquitoes in Orleans Parish

West Nile virus detected in mosquitoes in Orleans Parish”

Staff collect adult mosquitoes from 10 traps located throughout the county.

As summer temperatures increase, so does the risk of West Nile virus.

Lucas said no Boulder County human West Nile cases have been confirmed thus far this year but that there were 23 human cases reported in Boulder County in 2016.

The province's weekly online report on West Nile virus infections indicates there are no reported cases of people who have developed neuroinvasive disease - a severe neurological form of the virus.

If going outside at dawn or dusk - when mosquitoes are active - people should wear insect repellent and cover their skin with trousers and long-sleeve shirts. One positive result was collected from Virginia, the other from Beardstown.

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WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Some tips to avoid getting bitten this summer include wearing long-sleeved shirts and trousers, especially in mosquito-prone area, and wearing bug repellent containing DEET.

When applying mosquito repellent be sure to put some on clothing as well as exposed skin, because mosquitoes can bite through fabric. "They include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches". He reminded people to wear layers of bug spray, eliminate standing pools of water and use caution when outdoors.

Public health is also advising that people use bug spray that uses DEET, as well as covering up with light coloured long sleeves and trousers when in wooded areas, or places where mosquitos are often seen.

Removing potential breeding areas can reduce the amount of mosquitos in the area.



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