Mosquitoes Carrying West Nile Virus Found in Hudson Valley

Grant Boone
September 29, 2018

Bay County health officials first confirmed two cases in July, and then two more in August.

There's now another case of the West Nile Virus in Bay County, bringing the total to five.

A death linked to West Nile virus has been reported in the Haldimand-Norfolk region. These individuals are urged to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes during mosquito season, which extends from June 1 through November 1.

Details on how to protect yourself from West Nile can be found on Kalamazoo County's website.

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Until excess mosquito populations begin to decrease with cooler temperatures, Green recommended preventative measures such as insect repellant and light, loose clothing if you'll be spending long periods of time outdoors this fall. Severe symptoms of WNV are associated with encephalitis or meningitis, and may include: stiff neck, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, muscle weakness, convulsions and paralysis.

People are advised to reduce the number of mosquitoes by eliminating standing water in their yards or items that collect water outside their homes. People 50 years of age or older have the greatest risk of complications.

Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside. During 2017, 51 cases of West Nile virus infection were reported among Wisconsin residents.

Wear shoes, socks, long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. The effort was funded through a federal grant this year after three West Nile fatalities in the region a year ago. To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay, or raven, please call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.

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