Mosquitoes collected in north suburban Wilmette this week have tested positive for West Nile virus. According to the agency, four mosquito samples and four dead birds tested positive for the virus since the beginning of the month.
An adult in Southeastern North Carolina has died of West Nile virus, the state Department of Health reported Friday.
"Most people who are healthy, and I will say most, not all, that get bitten by a mosquito that carries West Nile Virus, can have no symptoms at all".
The province says that infection rates in mosquito populations could be higher this year, which could in turn lead to human infections. Those who do become sick usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches, rash and fatigue. Treatment is supportive for patients with neuro-invasive West Nile virus, often involving hospitalization, intravenous fluids, respiratory support, and prevention of secondary infections.
The agency encourages residents and visitors to take precautions to prevent mosquito-borne. Both the City of Fort Collins and the Town of Berthoud found Culex mosquitos in traps that tested positive for the virus.
AVOID: outdoor activity at peak times when mosquitoes are most active - early morning and evening.
Limit time spent outdoors at dawn through dusk, when mosquitoes are most active and feeding. Water troughs or buckets should be emptied, cleaned, and refilled every two to three days, if possible, to remove any mosquito eggs or larvae.
Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out. Change the water in bird baths at least once a week. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out.
Dress - Wear loose-fitting, long sleeved shirts and trousers to reduce the amount of exposed skin.
Use an EPA-registered mosquito repellent and apply according to the manufacturer's instructions.