Mosquito pool in Weld County tests positive for West Nile virus


West Nile can cause severe illness in some people, and in very rare cases, serious neurological illness.

A mosquito in Montgomery County tested positive for West Nile virus, officials said Thursday.

The virus is transmitted through mosquito bites.

Health officials say West Nile Virus is the most common mosquito-borne disease in Oklahoma, and it can be deadly in seniors.

The program is part of the state Department of Environmental Protection. "The first samples of the strain of mosquito that carries West Nile virus has been found in the province".

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The province will continue to provide information on the risk of West Nile virus throughout the summer. EPA-approved bug sprays should have one of the following active ingredients: DEET (20-30 percent strength), picaridin, IR3535, and oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol.

Dress in long sleeves and trousers.

Manitobans can reduce the risk of bites and exposure to the virus by reducing time spent outdoors during peak mosquito hours between dusk and dawn, using appropriate mosquito repellent, and maintaining door and window screens, ensuring they fit tightly and are free of holes. While others may develop more mild symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, swollen lymph glands, or a rash on the chest, stomach or back lasting for a few days to several weeks.

"Since there is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatments for WNV infection, residents should adhere to preventive measures to protect themselves and their loved ones", said Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS medical director/health authority.