Mosquito-borne disease activity increasing in Sarasota County

An Asian tiger mosquito

Mosquito-borne disease activity increasing in Sarasota County

Three human cases of West Nile virus were confirmed in Winnebago County past year.

Human cases have been reported in Buffalo and Minnehaha counties, and in blood donations in Faulk, Hand, Minnehaha, Potter, Spink and Todd counties.

"Their most current prediction is 135 West Nile Virus cases for this year".

If transmitted to humans West Nile can cause hospitalization and in some cases death. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes.

The CDC recommends using repellents containing EPA-registered active ingredients including DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.

The City of Naperville continuously monitors and tests its 10 mosquito traps each week to check for any that could be carrying harmful viruses. Larvicide can help reduce mosquito populations in areas where standing water cannot be eliminated through traditional drainage methods. "As our program is responding with increased surveillance and control efforts throughout the area, residents are strongly encouraged to take appropriate measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites", said Rebecca Brandt, Bay County Mosquito Control Manager. Although it may be hard to do when it's hot, wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

Avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. People over 50 and those with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable to the disease and are more likely to experience serious consequences. To keep mosquitoes from entering a home, make sure window and door screens are in place and are in good condition.

Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.

According to the release, samples are being sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmatory testing.

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