Danville Mosquitoes Test Positive For West Nile Virus

A mosquito sample from the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project. Eagle File

A mosquito sample from the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project. Eagle File

An adult mosquito carrying the West Nile virus has been discovered near the Peter Cook Memorial Town Field, but town officials plan to hold off on the use of insecticide spray for now.

- A batch of mosquitoes collected in the city July 16 tested positive for West Nile virus, city health officials said Wednesday.

West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease - This is the most serious type, infecting the brain and spinal cord.

The number of cases of West Nile virus in Maryland, has varied, state health officials said.

Sexton said since West Nile was established in the area years ago, it's a seasonal thing for them to be here.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 80 percent of the people who become infected don't have symptoms, but some develop flu-like symptoms, which can last for weeks or even months. Some may experience headache, body aches, vomiting, fatigue or weakness.

Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed around the house so adult mosquitoes can not hide there.

The patient has been diagnosed with the mild form of the disease known as West Nile Fever. Residents can reduce the risk of contracting West Nile by using repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR 3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus when outdoors the rest of the summer and into fall. Eliminate, or refresh each week, all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, pet bowls, clogged rain gutters, wading pools, old tires, and any other containers. This is the first time we've identified it this year. In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or death, can occur.

The Maryland Department of Health announced on July 23 the first confirmed and locally acquired case of West Nile Virus in Maryland this year.

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