Health district identifies first West-Nile positive mosquitoes in east Las Vegas


The health department routinely tracks mosquito-borne illnesses, including Zika. While the virus can infect anyone, those over age 50 are at higher risk for severe infection. "DEP monitors mosquito populations across Pennsylvania for the presence of disease".

Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors.

Use a mosquito repellent (bug spray) containing DEET or Icaridin.

Extra caution should be taken during dusk and dawn, officials said, as it's considered "peak mosquito biting time". Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning.

A man in his 70s living in Penn Hills was bitten in mid-July by a mosquito carrying the virus.

Wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and socks when outdoors, especially at dawn and dusk to reduce the amount of exposed skin, as weather permits. Check rain gutters and drains.

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Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week.

Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors.

"Other steps you can take to protect your family from West Nile virus are dumping or draining containers of water, using mosquito repellent, and contacting the District to get mosquitofish if you have a pool or spa that isn't being maintained", Dr. Scott recommends.

According to TPH, the agency received laboratory confirmation that an adult resident in Toronto has tested positive for the virus, which is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Horse owners should keep horses in indoor stalls at night to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitoes. There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat WNV in people. If an animal is diagnosed with WNV or EEE, owners are required to report to the Mass Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR), Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to the Mass Department of Public Health (DPH) by calling 617-983-6800.

Normal mosquito control operations have resumed in Clay County, which includes testing mosquito samples multiple times each week and nightly spraying.