Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Ministry of health warns of harmful effects of West Nile Virus

Ministry of health warns of harmful effects of West Nile Virus

And lastly, District personnel are here to help address mosquito problems you may be experiencing. Most recently, the area east of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge has been a mosquito hotspot.

Crews are working daily to control the mosquito population throughout the county by fogging areas with high numbers of mosquitoes and treating catch basins across the county.

“West Nile virus is typically detected from June through September, ” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for the Oakland County Health Division.

The State of Connecticut Mosquito Management Program (MMP) announced that mosquitoes trapped in New Canaan on June 19 tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).

"The findings from our mosquito surveillance and the early West Nile virus case serve as vital reminders that mosquito season is here and that all New Yorkers should take precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites", health commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said.

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Drain standing water from old tires, flower pots, buckets, plastic tarps and wheelbarrows.

Frequently replace the water in pet bowls.

Making sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly.

Check for containers or trash in hard-to-see places, such as under bushes.

Door and window screens should be in good condition to prevent the bugs from entering your home.

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When practical, wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, shoes, socks and hats outside, especially in wooded areas.

Set up outdoor fans to keep mosquitoes from flying near you.

To avoid mosquito bites, the CDC suggests that people can also wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers and use bug repellent containing DEET or Picaridin. Use especially at dawn and dusk.

"Particularly in the evening or at night - that's when all mosquitoes are most active".

It's the first confirmed presence of West Nile Virus in Garland in 2018.

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"Right now, we've extended our hours of spraying to cover more ground and are putting out more larvicide to keep the ponds and standing bodies treated", she said.

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