Campus community urged to take precautions to avoid West Nile virus

04 August, 2018, 13:57 | Author: Keith Rowe
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Gov. Dannel Malloy said there's been a rapid build-up of the virus following recent tests, which showed infected mosquitoes rose to levels that were higher than this time a year ago.

The first case of West Nile virus infection in Virginia this year has been reported in Fairfax County, coming on the heels of a confirmed case in Maryland.

The agency says an adult resident of the town of Mead fell ill on July 27 and was hospitalized the next day. Tests results confirmed West Nile Virus Thursday. Less than one percent of infected people develop the neuro-invasive form of the illness.

The Kent County Health Department says that they've found infected mosquitoes in the 49548, 49507 and 49504 zip codes. The best method to reduce the risk of infections is avoiding mosquito bites.


Most people infected with the virus do not show symptoms, although more severe symptoms may occur, including fever, headaches, body aches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash. Keep in mind to drain water from tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys and puddles. Dr. Garvey says that, until the state's first hard frost, whether it's for work or play, being outside means there's a risk for West Nile virus. A rare number of people can experience more significant symptoms.

DRAIN standing water around your house weekly.

"It doesn't take much for several hundred mosquitoes to be born".

Dusk and dawn is when mosquito activity is highest. "By eliminating places for mosquitoes to lay eggs, using insect repellent and other protective measures, and targeted use of pesticides, we can all make sure Pennsylvanians are protected". Wearing long-sleeve clothing and socks also helps prevent bites.

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