West Nile-positive mosquitoes reported in southeast area of Tucker

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The Marion County Public Health Department says it's found mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus.

The paper reports that officials say the appearance of the virus usually comes later in the season but point to the recent rainfall in May and June for the detection.

Workers in Adams County will be spraying to control mosquito populations in parts of Littlestown Borough and Union Township on Monday, July 16, the Adams County Conservation District announced Thursday. If it rains, the spraying may move to Wednesday.

The health department's Mosquito Control program collects mosquitoes from traps around the county to monitor the population and test for West Nile virus each year.

Effective EEE and West Nile vaccines are available for horses through veterinarians, according to the Delaware Department of Agriculture's State Veterinarian's Office.

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Reduce mosquito breeding in your yard by eliminating standing water in gutters and items such as planters, toys, wheelbarrows and old tires.

Officials say West Nile virus activity is surging in Sacramento County, and the region is now leading the state. "So they wind up with more exposure so more mosquitoes biting more birds spreading the virus if either the birds or the mosquitoes are infected".

The risk can be further reduced by using insect repellant when outdoors, especially from dusk to dawn and, when possible, wearing long-sleeved shirts and trousers.

Keep mosquitoes from laying eggs inside and outside of your home. "At this time of year, it's important to think the potential for West Nile, especially if you have been outdoors and you know you've been around mosquitoes".

Symptoms of infection may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes. A quick cover-to-cover read to catch up on the news of the week and experience great stories about our local communities.

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