Departments of Health Services report mosquitoes testing positive
Reports are flowing in as the media reports on West Nile Virus being confirmed by health officials in several states.
Boston health officials yesterday afternoon had reported a sampling of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus, this is the first time this summer for positive results in mosquitoes. The mosquitoes tested came from a sample in Roslindale.View slideshow: Prevention for West Nile Virus
Dr. Anita Barry, director of the Infectious Disease Bureau at the Boston Public Health Commission stated “It’s again the time of year when it’s not surprising to find mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus in Boston.” “The recent combination of hot weather and rain may have contributed to West Nile appearing slightly earlier this year than in some previous years, and people should take some simple precautions to avoid mosquito bites,” as reported by Daily Dose.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has also confirmed a sample of mosquitoes in a sampling from a surveillance site in the Woodlands Township has tested positive for the virus. They are advising residents to stay indoors as much as they can from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
The Illinois Department of Public Health and the DuPage County Health Department have reported mosquito samples taken from Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills have tested positive.
According to reports in the Hinsdale News the State Health Department urges residents to inspect and repair damaged screens and other openings to the home, wear long-sleeved, loose fitting and light-colored clothing as well as shoes and socks; use manufacturers' recommended amounts of insect repellant; and eliminate prolonged exposure to standing water.
New Orleans also has reports that the virus has been detected in mosquitoes that had been collected in the ditty.
On Thursday, a news release had reported that the New Orleans Mosquito Control Board has increased spraying and issues West Nile Warning precautions to residents.
Wayne County Health and Human Services has posted facts concerning the West Nile Virus.
Noted is the following concerning signs and symptoms:
Most infections are mild, and symptoms include body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph glands. More severe infection may be marked by headache, high fever, stiff neck, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. Persons with severe or unusual headaches should seek medical care as soon as possible.
American crows are susceptible to West Nile Virus infection. Therefore, crows, ravens and blackbirds found dead less than 48 hours should be reported to the Michigan Department of Community Health's hotline number at (888) 668-0869, or access the State's West Nile Virus web site at www.michigan.gov/westnilevirus.
Health officials urge residents to use gloves to avoid touching dead birds, which should place in a plastic bag and sealed in a container. Residents who have questions about West Nile Virus can call the Wayne County Department of Public Health's West Nile Virus hotline at: (734) 727-7445.
An estimated 20% of those infected with the West Nile Virus will have mild flu like symptoms that include;
Swollen lymph nodes
For update reports on mosquito activity in Detroit is available online at the Weather Channel.