Spraying Scheduled This Week to Control Mosquito Population in Schuylkill County

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A blood donor in Sanilac County tested positive for the virus, health officials said.

Last week, officials said mosquitoes in Bethany, Franklin, Greenwich, Madison, New Haven, Waterford, West Haven, and Weston tested positive for West Nile virus. The Kansas health department said about 1 in 150 people infected develop a more serious version of the disease.

Mosquitoes are largely to blame for spreading West Nile virus. People who are elderly, have compromised immunity, have cancer, have alcoholism or other factors that make them more susceptible to a neuroinvasive disease are more at risk.

Additional mosquitoes in CT have tested positive for West Nile virus. Although there have been no cases reported to the 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.

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Humans can contract West Nile Virus from infected mosquitoes. "Current high levels of trapped mosquitoes and field surveillance surveys suggest a very active season for WNV". Stagnant water is where most mosquitoes breed.

Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out. "Surrounding states are also reporting early WNV activity". Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out.

Lambton Public Health Supervisor Erin Courtney says test results received Tuesday confirmed the bird was infected. Keep children's wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren't being used.

Symptoms of severe illness include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.

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