Bannock County issues emergency declaration regarding mosquitoes, West Nile virus

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West Nile Positive Mosquitoes Found

State environmental and health officials reported Friday that mosquito samples collected in Tiverton, Pawtucket and Westerly on June 26 have tested positive for the eastern equine encephalitis virus.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit is reminding residents and visitors to take precautions against mosquito bites.

Although health officials say the risk of contracting West Nile is low, hotter summer days create conditions ideal for mosquitoes and the spread of the virus, and it's best not to get bit.

West Nile virus was found in a bird in Santa Cruz County Wednesday, the first find this year, county officials said today.

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According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 35 people were diagnosed with the virus in 2016. 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 and spray repellant on your clothes. Of the 20% that do show symptoms, most experience mild illness with symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, fatigue, skin rash and occasionally, vomiting and nausea.

The best way to avoid the infection is mosquito prevention, which includes wearing light or loose clothing, eliminate standing water in the home, ensuring all screens are working with no punctures, and using insect repellent.

"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.

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