Bluejay found dead in Marathon County tests positive for West Nile virus

Pearl Mccarthy
July 30, 2018

Officials say there may be an increase in mosquito activity due to recent heavy rains.

The pools of mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus were collected in unincorporated areas of Sarasota County near Venice, an area that Sarasota County Mosquito Management Services has already treated. In these cases, the City uses the safest chemicals available in very low volumes and sprays only as needed. "And then if you live in Lowndes County, you can go by the Public Works department and get free Larvicide to put around your property", said Sheeley.

The West Nile virus season is under way with human or mosquito detections in 11 counties across the state, the state Health Department reported Thursday.

The City of New Orleans is holding a news conference Friday with the Health Department to update the public on the latest West Nile findings.

West Nile Virus affects the central nervous system and can cause serious illness.

DEET is an ingredient to look for in your insect repellent.

In protecting children, read label instructions to be sure the repellent is age-appropriate. Remove trash and clutter, including discarded waste tires, buckets, tarps and any other items that could collect water.

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Set up outdoor fans to keep mosquitoes from flying near you.

About 80 per cent of people infected with the virus don't have symptoms, it says.

There is no treatment for WNV infections - only severe infections require hospitalization. It can be transmitted to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. As a precaution, the Maryland Department of Agriculture is spraying nearby areas.

Drain standing water around your home.

For more information, contact Lowndes County Public Works at 229-671-2700.

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.

The virus was found near the Peter Cook Memorial Town Field.

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