West Nile mosquitoes found in Louisville

West Nile mosquitoes found in Louisville

The disease was identified by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) which tested mosquitoes collected from June 18 to August 2. Mosquitoes become the carrier of the West Nile Virus after they feed on the blood of an infected bird. "If you need to be outside - and especially if you work outside - take action to protect yourself and your family".

But the recent dry and warm weather was ideal for the mosquito species called Culex tarsalis - which carry the West Nile Virus. "It only takes one bite from an infected Culex tarsalis mosquito to be exposed to WNV". There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent West Nile Virus.

Helwig and Carroll said the wet, hot weather is driving the increase in West Nile.

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The district's website is reported to contain a mosquito treatment notification service including a communicating map so that the residents can freely figure out whether they are in the spraying zone.

Use of commonly sold insect repellents, like those using DEET, Picaridin, or other EPA-registered repellents, can also cut down on mosquito bites and possible exposure to the virus.

The report indicated no human cases of West Nile in New Jersey had been confirmed so far this year. Seventeen people died due to the Nipah virus in Kerala, out of which 16 cases were confirmed in lab. Make sure all the windows and doors have mosquito screening, they must be sealed around the downspout and check for holes in the screening.

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Wear shoes, socks, long trousers, and long-sleeved shirts. Clothing should be light-colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.

Do not forget to use insect repellant when you go outdoors. Use an approved repellent according to its label. There are two in Wilton.

Throughout the warmer months, Jeffrey Carroll and a team of field technicians set traps to collect pregnant mosquitoes around the Lehigh Valley. Mosquitoes are grouped for testing according to species, collection site, and date.

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