August 18, 2018

South Dakotans still suffer from West Nile Virus

28 July 2018, 12:58 | Silvia Roy

West Nile virus found in Riverdale Park mosquitoes, officials say

West Nile Virus Detected In Stanley County Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus have been discovered in a suburb of Washington, D.C, the first discovery of mosquitoes with the virus in Maryland this year, officials said Tuesday.

Safranek says the case in western Nebraska is mild, which is normally the case. CT residents developed WNV-associated illness, the cases were not fatal.

West Nile Virus is working its way toward central South Dakota.

Health officials say that most people infected by the virus will show no symptoms.

"They may have more mosquitoes in their pools, but prevention doesn't change", said Field Epidemiologist with Fargo Cass Public Health Brenton Nesemeier.

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-Residents are encouraged to wear insect repellent, preferably one containing DEET.

The town is urging residents to take action to prevent the spread of the virus and breeding of mosquitoes, which include draining any standing water that may collect in areas such as bird baths.

Hot, humid conditions are ideal for vector mosquito activity.

The state health department routinely tracks and responds to mosquito-borne infections, including Zika virus, and no other locally acquired arboviral infections have been identified this year. About one in five people who are infected with the virus will develop symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash, the release stated. People with cancer, diabetes, hypertension and kidney disease are at the higher risk of severe illness.

Wear long sleeved shirts and long trousers.

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Avoid being outdoors from dusk to dawn, peak mosquito biting times, if possible.

Always wash treated skin when returning indoors.

Cover playpens or carriages with mosquito netting.

Getting rid of any water holding containers (old tires, etc.).

Set up outdoor fans to keep mosquitoes from flying near you.

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Mosquitoes are most active at sunrise and sunset.

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