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Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Sarasota County

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Sarasota County

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

Although West Nile has been present in West Springfield before, Galloway told Reminder Publications there is no reason to sound the alarm. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.

The Mosquito and Termite Control Board will continue to take proactive measures to protect residents including applying insecticides by truck and applying larvicide to prevent mosquitoes from developing.

Although mosquitoes can bite at any time of the day or night, the mosquitoes that transmit WNV are most active at dawn and dusk. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning.

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Drain standing water to stop mosquitos from multiplying. Wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

The Iberia Parish Mosquito Control District it urging citizens to protect themselves against mosquito bites and mosquito born diseases. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently. The agencies recommend using DEET repellents, wearing light protective clothing and eliminating standing water where the bugs can breed. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

These precautions are especially important for people at high risk for WNV, including individuals over 50, pregnant women, organ transplant patients, individuals with cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure or kidney disease, and those with a history of alcohol abuse. The health department did not disclose the man's name. But about 20 per cent of people - mostly older adults and those with weakened immune systems - get West Nile fever.

Visit the department's website at westnile.sd.gov for more information.