West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Perth

24 August, 2018, 06:38 | Author: Cecil Davis
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Although the risk of infection from handling birds is very low, the health authority warns that wild birds should not be handled using bare hands.

The human cases now confirmed increase the concern for transmission, officials said.

As much as 80% cent of people infected do not show symptoms for the virus, but others may experience flu-like signs which could develop to a possibly fatal illness.

More information about West Nile is available here.

"As the fall approaches, it's vital to remember that mosquito bite protection should continue until the weather significantly cools", said Dr. Eden Wells, Chief Medical Executive at the MDHHS.

Source contacted the City's health department which confirmed mosquitoes in traps were found to have the virus.

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There are things everyone can do to reduce the risk of West Nile virus infection.

Suggestions for abatement in Category 2 zones includes treating a one-mile radius for prevention of more mosquito activity, use of ground or aerial applications for three treatments in 10-14 day intervals to kill mature insects and deployment of 45-day briquettes in storm drains or obvious breeding areas on public properties or rights of way and schools to eradicate larvae.

Prevent mosquito breeding around your home and remove standing water; change water in bird baths twice a week; unclog rain gutters; install a pump in ornamental ponds or stock them with fish. This is the time of day mosquitoes that can carry the virus are most active.

Check to see if the screens on your doors and windows are in good shape.

Residents should wear light coloured clothing, long trousers, long sleeves, as well as shoes and socks during peak mosquito times to prevent mosquito bites. Apply insect repellents sparingly to exposed skin. Repellents containing DEET are safe for those over six months of age when used according to the directions on the label.

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