Burlington mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

West Nile is transmitted to humans through infected mosquitoes

According to the District, the confirmation of infected mosquitoes comes less than one week after the District confirmed chickens tested positive for antibodies against West Nile virus near Knightsen.

In the past week, some of the mosquitoes that were caught in traps in the Estevan areas were infected with the deadly virus.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said north-central, south-central, and southwest Kansas at at high risk, while northeast, southeast, and northwest Kansas are at moderate risk for West Nile infections.

MOSES LAKE — A total of seven mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile virus, with the pools located mainly near the Potholes Reservoir and in southern Grant County.

St. Louis County health officials say people can minimize the risk by eliminating opportunities for mosquitoes to breed and lay eggs.

Symptoms of a West Nile virus infection include headaches, fevers and nausea.

There are no vaccines against West Nile, KDHE says.

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West Nile virus is one of several mosquito-borne viruses that can be acquired in North Carolina, DHHS says.

Because they're not bothered too much by mosquitoes in daytime, residents "think they don't have to take precautions, but now is the time they need to be vigilant about this", Hanson said.

WNV is transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Many mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. You want to get rid of any standing water around your home to prevent the breeding of the mosquitoes. Most WNV infections occur in the late summer and early fall. Change the water in bird baths at least once a week. "Wear long sleeve shirts, and trousers if you can".

Be sure door and window screens are tight fitting and in good fix.

Planes will release Trumpet EC, an EPA-registered insecticide routinely used to curb mosquito populations across the country, the news release said. Drain any standing water in your yard each week.

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