Hamilton mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus


About 80 per cent of people infected with the virus don't have symptoms, it says.

The West Nile Virus has also been discovered in Southern Georgia this year.

The Allegheny County Health Department says a Penn Hills resident in his early 70s was bitten by a mosquito carrying West Nile Virus in mid-July.

The Iberia Parish Mosquito Control District it urging citizens to protect themselves against mosquito bites and mosquito born diseases. Mild symptoms include a fever, headache and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash on the trunk of the body and swollen lymph glands.

The City of Naperville continuously monitors and tests its 10 mosquito traps each week to check for any that could be carrying harmful viruses. He was later released from the hospital and is recovering at home, the Allegheny County Health Department reported. The samples, which consisted of the Culex pipiens and restuans Complex species, recently tested positive for West Nile.

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Most people who are infected with the West Nile Virus have no symptoms or experience very mild symptoms three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.

Reduce mosquito exposure by limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] or IR3535 according to the instructions on the product label.

To lower your chances of attracting mosquitoes, experts said to make sure you drain any rain barrels, bird baths, or anything that can hold standing water, and put on bug spray if you are going to be outside. "They kill more people than any other animal or human", said Marcia Wells, the Owner of Mosquito Squad of Rockford.

Residents are encouraged to wear insect repellent, wear light-coloured clothing and remove standing water to prevent infection.