West Nile-infected mosquitoes found in 6 Louisville ZIP codes
01:00, Aug 24, 2017
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"It's common for us to find mosquitoes infected with West Nile in Louisville around this time each year", said Public Health and Wellness director Dr. Sarah Moyer.
The counties with the most West Nile cases this year are Hinds with seven, Rankin with six, and Forrest and Madison with four each.
"We're at about week 33 here and we have approximately 250 mosquito pools that have tested positive for West Nile virus".
Warm temperatures and strong mosquito populations are both factors in the higher-than-normal number of cases, according to the professor, who said the virus has been steadily "amplifying" in the background.
The findings are especially troubling for the south of the province, including Toronto, Hamilton, Halton Region, Peel Region, Windsor-Essex County, and York Region, where the majority of West Nile cases have occurred in the past. In June, a black-headed grosbeak from Clearlake tested positive for West Nile virus.
Health officials are advising Wisconsin residents to continue protecting themselves against mosquito bites.
Recent wet weather has produced a bumper crop of mosquitoes in the area. The presence of West Nile virus also has been found in horses from Adams and LaGrange County.
Brad Giordano, PhD candidate and lead researcher on the study, told CTV News Channel that after surveilling "decades worth" of mosquito data from Ontario, as well as data from human cases, they predict a looming "epidemic" of infections.
According to a Logan City press release, the Bear River Health Department recommends Cache Valley residents apply DEET mosquito repellent and wear long sleeves and trousers from dusk till dawn. County officials suggest that residents use insect repellent, wear clothing that reduces the risk of skin exposure, and to make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes. Mosquitoes lay eggs in still water, which then hatch in seven to 10 days. Symptoms of the virus include fever, headache, joint pain, weakness and body aches.
Long-sleeve shirts and trousers can prevent infection, as can the use of insect repellent.
Avoid being outdoors from dusk to dawn, peak mosquito biting times, if possible.
Local leaders say DHEC confirmed that mosquitos in the same area of Rock Hill are carrying the West Nile virus. Collin County Public Health confirmed Wednesday its second human case of West Nile virus in Plano for 2017.
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