West Nile virus found in Grand Forks County

Grant Boone
June 16, 2018

According to Click on Detroit, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced that mosquitoes collected from the Saginaw County area contained the West Nile virus.

In all of 2017, Idaho saw 25 cases of West Nile Virus, according to the Department of Health and Welfare.

The best way to prevent West Nile disease or any other mosquito-borne illness is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

And Nationally, there were 2,000 cases with 121 deaths reported to the CDC.

North Shore Mosquito Abatement District's Christopher Xamplas collects mosquito specimens from traps throughout the area and tests them for West Nile virus.

To report dead birds or tree squirrels, both of which can carry the disease, call the California West Nile Virus Surveillance Program hotline at 877-968-2473.

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With summer right around the corner, more mosquitoes are starting to come out.

Mosquitoes carrying the virus are most active just before sundown and throughout the night into the early morning hours.

Monitoring for WNV in IL includes laboratory tests for mosquito batches, dead perching birds, as well as testing sick horses and humans with West Nile virus-like symptoms, according to the IDPH. Follow the label instructions and apply as directed.

Wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts when possible. If you have a child, make sure that they wear clothing that covers their arms and legs.

It is also important for residents to ensure their property is not friendly toward mosquitos, said Hanson. Good safeguards include installing or repairing screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out and emptying standing water from flower pots, gutters, buckets, pet dishes, tires and bird baths.

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