West Nile virus infects Kootenai Co. resident

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A mosquito collected from the Hoopeston area tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to Vermilion County Health Department officials. "You know if you have been out camping or fishing, and have gotten some mosquito bite, than if the virus is endemic in the mosquitoes in your area, then you can certainly contract it from a mosquito bite".

"We will continue to monitor mosquito activity", said Westchester County Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, only 1 in 5 people infected with the virus develop symptoms, and less than 1 percent of them develop severe or fatal neurological illness.

Chatham County Mosquito Control reported finding West Nile Virus (WNV) in mosquitoes in midtown Savannah as well as a significant increase in WNV in the mosquito population in eastern Chatham County. Make sure your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.

"West Nile virus has been present in the Hudson Valley for many years, so this season's first positive should remind residents to protect themselves and their families by removing standing water around their homes every week and by using repellents daily when spending significant time outdoors", said County Executive Rob Astorino. "It's in the community so people need to take the proper precautions against mosquito bites".

West Nile virus is not to be confused with Zika. Mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus are more likely to bite during the evening, night, and early morning. Even small amounts of water standing in flowerpots can breed mosquitoes.


Clean clogged roof gutters, particularly if leaves tend to plug up the drains.

Discard old tires, tin cans, ceramic pots or other containers that can hold water.

Do not allow water to stagnate in birdbaths, ornamental pools, water gardens, and swimming pools or their covers.

If you must go outdoors, wear a long-sleeved shirt and long trousers.

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