Second mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile virus

For the second time this summer West Nile Virus has made an appearance in Lambton County

Residents are reminded to protect themselves against mosquito bites to avoid West Nile virus.

According to test results received by the health unit on Tuesday, mosquitoes collected from a trap located in Wyoming on August 1 tested positive for the virus. They can be infected when they feed on the blood of infected birds.

Southwestern public health is alerting the public that a mosquito has tested positive for West Nile virus for the second time in as many weeks.

Use insect repellent containing DEET when outside. Standing water can be treated with EPA-approved larvicides to kill mosquitoes before they become adults.

There have been three human cases of West Nile virus in the county this year.

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Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing.

Last year, 26 people contracted the virus and two died in Dallas County.

Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace.

According to an announcement from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office, the rates of mosquitoes carrying West Nile have been much higher this year.

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