West Nile Virus Activity Reported in 40 States and District of Columbia

All four cases the CDC says were confirmed following blood donations

"The amount of virus we are detecting in mosquitoes is well above the historical average for this time of year and is also occurring earlier in the season than the average", Mark Clifton, the agency's director, said in the release.

"Residents should be aware of West Nile Virus and take some simple steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites", said Sarah Ward, Environmental Health Manager.

Anyone concerned about mosquitoes should avoid being out at dawn and dusk.

Greene County Public Health (GCPH) recently received notice from ODH that the positive result came from a pool of mosquitoes in Beavercreek in the neighborhood of N. Fairfield Road, Hanes Road, Kemp Road, and Suburban Drive. Blood sample results for West Nile Virus along with concurrent signs of illness confirmed active WNV infection.

West Nile virus is a viral infection found in birds and carried by mosquitoes which feed upon infected birds.




The risk of encephalitis spread by mosquitoes is highest from August through the first freeze in the fall, Dr. Eichold said. "The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District continues to monitor the area carefully and is intensifying ground spraying in parks, trails and open areas to reduce mosquitoes and protect the health of residents".

DRESS APPROPRIATELY-Wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and socks. Wearing light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks and a hat is recommended, as is using insect repellent containing DEET or Icaridin.

Make sure window and door screens are in good fix to prevent mosquito entry. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.

Change water in birdbaths frequently, at least once a week.

Eliminate standing water suitable for mosquitoes.

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