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Mosquito in MetroWest Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

Mosquito in MetroWest Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

Mosquitoes collected in DeKalb, Sycamore and Sandwich tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the DeKalb County Health Department.

The mosquito was found in a trap near the intersection of Lower Marine Road and Bass Drive on the East side of Troy.

All four cases were discovered in people who were donating blood and tested positive for the virus when screened. Residents are encouraged to remove any items that can hold water, which can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Most notably, they swarm your house and can breed in just a few drops of water.

Personal protection is the first line of defense against mosquitoes that may carry WNV, EEE, or other diseases - and the most effective way to avoid infection.

Change water in birdbaths frequently, at least once a week. Less than 1 percent of people infected with the virus get seriously ill with symptoms that include high fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, mental confusion, tremors, confusion, paralysis, and coma.




The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) expects to continue to see increased West Nile virus activity throughout the state as the mosquito season progresses. "These mosquitoes are most abundant in urban and suburban areas with dense human populations".

Health officials in Greece have confirmed 17 new cases of West Nile virus this week, bringing this summer's total to 60 reported cases.

No cases of human contraction have been reported. Drain such areas around your home (gutters, pools, tires, buckets, water bowls, etc.). They include American Crows found dead near downtown Davis on August 1 and in South Davis near Old Willowbank on August 2, as well as a California Scrub Jay found July 16 at Arroyo Park.

'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'.

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