West Nile found in Brattleboro

West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Perth County traps

One should consider using mosquito repellent, as per the directions mentioned on it, whenever heading outdoors for extended periods.

Dallas is not alone in reporting West Nile virus cases. Gov. Tom Wolf and the Legislature recently approved a $140,000 increase to the program's budget.

This season, mosquito samples have tested positive for WNV in the cities of Addison, Balch Springs, Coppell, Dallas, Desoto, Garland, Highland Park, Irving, Mesquite, Richardson, Rowlett, and University Park.

These efforts will be ongoing until the first hard frost of the year.

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Drain - Empty any containers holding standing water - buckets, barrels, flower pots, tarps - because they are breeding grounds for virus-carrying mosquitoes.

The Health Department's Vector-borne Disease Program is responsible for tracking and responding to mosquito-borne diseases. Residents can also avoid leaving standing water around their home.

Common places water can accumulate are outdoor features such as potted plants and birdbaths, yard debris, storage bins, kids' toys (including kiddie pools), rain gutters, and even corrugated downspouts.

DUSK and DAWN-This is when mosquitoes are most active. Mosquitoes need only a teaspoon of water to breed.

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Mosquitoes acquire the virus by biting infected birds and transmit the virus to people through a subsequent bite.

DEET - Cover exposed skin with an insect repellent containing the DEET, which is the most effective repellent against mosquito bites.

Dress - Wear loose-fitting, long sleeved shirts and trousers to reduce the amount of exposed skin.

The ODH's field team conducts routine surveillance of mosquitoes in the county through trapping and submission to the ODH for West Nile testing. Empty containers and change water weekly in containers that can not be removed, such as bird baths, pet dishes and wading pools.

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Symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, confusion, muscles weakness and severe headache. To date no cases of Zika in the state have been linked with local mosquito or human transmission.

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