A mosquito batch collected last week from a mosquito trap in Harvard tested positive for West Nile virus, the McHenry County Department of Health reported today. If you must be outside at dawn or dusk, wear long sleeves, pants, and loose-fitting clothing.
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Apply insect repellent. DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective repellents recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Eliminate standing water in gutters, planters, toys, wheelbarrows and old tires.
The advice comes as latest figures show parts of Arizona are experiencing significantly higher cases of West Nile Virus, a mosquito-borne disease. Even small puddles or containers with water will allow mosquitoes to breed.
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The CDC says there have been 128 cases of West Nile disease in people in the USA this year, and four have died.
Trim tall grass, weeds, and vines to discourage mosquitoes.
Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out. There are usually no symptoms in most people who become infected with WNV. "It has no noticeable effect on them", he said. Patients may also present with symptoms compatible with West Nile, including: fever, maculopapular rash, headache, fatigue, weakness, joint and muscle pain as well as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
But about one percent of people infected with West Nile Virus will develop severe symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches and mental status changes. "Further, humans are considered dead-end hosts where West Nile is concerned", Ruis said. Although floodwater mosquitoes can be very aggressive, daytime biters, they are not significant vectors for human disease such as West Nile Virus in IL. For most diseases spread by mosquitos, there are no vaccines or cures available.