Mosquitos in ME test positive for West Nile virus

Mosquito feeding on a human host

Mosquito feeding on a human host

West Nile is a virus that comes from being bitten by an infected mosquito, which gets infected by feeding on infected birds.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says a mosquito pool tested positive for West Nile virus in York County.

With Milner Stadium in the middle alert zone, high school football games this week mean there will be a lot more people in the area than just residents.

"Georgians can reduce the number of mosquitoes around their homes and yards by getting rid of standing water", said Chris Rustin, director of the Georgia Department of Public Health.

One person has died in Georgia due to West Nile Virus, leading state health officials to warn residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

When you are outdoors, use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient on skin and clothing, including DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535.

Avoid going out at dusk or dawn: Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus usually bite at dusk and dawn, so avoid or limit outdoor activity at these times.

· Wear lightweight long-sleeved shirts and trousers. Follow the directions on the package.

- Use screens on your windows and doors. Although there have been no cases of WNV reported to KDHE in 2018 there have been more than 600 cases of the most severe form of WNV and 30 deaths in Kansas from 1999-2017.

Michael Hokanson, with the North Central Health District, confirms there have been under 5 cases reported in the district. Approximately 80% of people infected with WNV experience no symptoms, but up to 20% can develop a mild illness, called West Nile fever. Two of them, a Suffolk County resident in her 40s and a Worcester County woman in her 70s, were admitted to hospitals.

Health officials report that there are 22 human cases of the virus across the state.

Fifty-three cases and two deaths have been reported in Louisiana, a CDC report shows.

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