West Nile increase in ND


In Windham County, there are mosquito traps in Brattleboro, Putney, Westminster, Whitingham, Rockingham and Londonderry that are meant to capture the types of mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).

The two cases are in Musselshell County and Lake County, according to a press release from the agency.

The Advocate reports Environmental Conservation Police captured the juvenile red-tailed hawk Tuesday in Bridgeport after it injured at least two people.

Symptoms of West Nile Virus include fever, headache, rash, muscle aches and fatigue.

-Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs; drain water from pool covers.

"We always recommend wearing long sleeves and long trousers".

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-Properly dispose of items around your property that hold water, such as tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or discarded tires. The patient was a resident of the 75229 zip code of Dallas and was diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease. County workers then capture and test mosquitoes from those areas to see whether they're infected.

DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you're outside, use insect repellents that contain DEET or other EPA approved repellents and follow instructions.

"While the symptoms may not seem threatening in the vast majority of cases, serious impacts to health can occur from being bitten by mosquitoes that carry this virus", McDonnell said.

A dead bird found in Brown County has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Since the summer of 1999, West Nile virus has quietly spread to most states in the USA. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all residents of areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of getting West Nile encephalitis.

"The best way to avoid mosquito-borne diseases is to prevent mosquito bites", states the DOH website.