Mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile Virus in Windsor

Pearl Mccarthy
July 14, 2018

Groups of positive mosquitoes, known as a "mosquito pool", collected in the areas of Honcut, Palermo, and Dayton have tested positive with the West Nile virus.

Mississippi State Department of Health discovered the first human West Nile virus case of 2018 in Hinds County.

Dusk/Dawn - Avoid dusk and dawn activities during the summer when mosquitoes are most active.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit says so far in 2018, no local human cases of West Nile virus have been identified.

-Preventing mosquitos from breeding by removing stagnant water from areas such as flowerpots, plastic containers, gutters and downspouts.

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Higher numbers of other mosquito species are being detected in areas that received rainfall over the past two weeks.

DEET - Cover exposed skin with an insect repellent containing the DEET, which is the most effective repellent against mosquito bites. Not all mosquitos carry the virus, and only 20 percent of individuals bitten by an infected mosquito will develop symptoms. This is also called West Nile encephalitis or meningitis.

The public is encouraged to become part of the state's monitoring effort for West Nile virus by reporting any dead birds that may have been dead for less than 48 hours.

Most people who get West Nile don't exhibit symptoms of the virus.

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