Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

West Nile virus detected in Rockland County mosquitoes

West Nile virus detected in Rockland County mosquitoes

County health director Eddie Olivarez says of the 26 mosquito varieties found in the Valley, three are carriers of viruses such as Zika and West Nile.

The most recent infected samples were collected in the City of Harrisburg, Derry Township and Paxtang Borough.

IDPH is partnering with Iowa State University to provide all supplies needed to trap the mosquitos throughout the county.

There have been no reports of people contracting the virus this year in Lake County.

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"The county's WNV Control Program is continuing to closely monitor conditions and implement control measures to reduce the mosquito population and prevent the virus from spreading", said Dauphin County Board of Commissioners' Chairman Jeff Haste, who oversees the Conservation District.

State health officials say Zika and West Nile viruses are not the only diseases spread by mosquitos.

Certain mosquito species carry the West Nile virus, which can cause humans to contract West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. This naturally occurring bacterium kills mosquito larvae, but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.

- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use and remove any water that may collect on pool covers. "Make sure you are covered up in the early morning and evening hours when mosquitoes that can transmit these viruses typically bite".

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Cover exposed skin with long trousers and long-sleeved shirts whenever possible.

Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

Defend: When outdoors, use an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, 2-undecanone, or IR3535 and reapply according to label directions. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30 percent or less on older children. "This does not mean the average person is at increased risk of getting West Nile Virus".

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