Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

High number of Cape Cod mosquitoes with West Nile virus

High number of Cape Cod mosquitoes with West Nile virus

According to the Department of Public Health, the St. Louis area is home to more than 50 different species of mosquito.

The two individuals were between 60 and 79 years old, officials said.

So far this year, one person in Butte County has been confirmed to have the west nile virus, but the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District predicts there will be several more cases this year.

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Cases generally tend to spike during the summer and fall months, between June and September, when activity is the most common.

Two positive test results for West Nile virus in Kitchener is a good reminder to residents in Waterloo region to take precautions to avoid being bit by mosquitoes, a health official says.

About 80 per cent of people bitten by an infected mosquito don't show any symptoms at all, Miller said. Symptoms include high fever, convulsions and muscle weakness, and the illness can put someone in a comatose state.

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"The identification of two CT residents with West Nile virus associated illness that required hospitalization underscores the potential seriousness of infection", said DPH Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino in a statement.

'Until the state's first hard frost, whether it's for work or play, being outside means there's a risk for West Nile virus'.

Wear long sleeves and trousers or wear repellent to help protect yourself from getting bitten.

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Health officials recommend minimizing potential exposure to mosquitoes and using approriate bug repellent. Earlier this week, the Montana Department of Livestock confirmed the first reported cases of equine West Nile Virus in Montana of the year. But the elderly and those with compromised immune systems can become seriously ill and could die.

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