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West Nile-infected mosquitoes found in Wyoming

West Nile-infected mosquitoes found in Wyoming

The Saint Louis County Department of Public Health has not said precisely where the Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus were found.

Public health officials have detected West Nile Virus in a pool of mosquitoes in Stirling-Rawdon.

The virus was first identified in Iowa in a dead crow in 2001 and cases of human infection have been reported every year since 2002.

Four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms, but, in rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur. The Health Unit has been trapping and testing mosquitoes since June.

The mosquitos get the virus by feeding on infected birds. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever with other symptoms such as a headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash.

"The elderly and those with certain chronic medical problems, including problems with their immune systems, are more susceptible".

Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing.

Residents also should drain any standing water around their homes or businesses and limit activity at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Lambton Public Health is encouraging residents to continue taking usual precautions to avoid mosquitoes and bites, as well as reducing mosquito breeding grounds around properties by eliminating standing water.


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