Mosquito Sample from Hammonton Tests Positive for West Nile Virus


The samples, all Culex pipiens-restuans, were collected on August 20 and August 21 from Lindenhurst (1), North Babylon (1), Farmingville (1), Huntington Station (1), and Commack (1), West Babylon (1), North Patchogue (1), and Rocky Point (3).

New positive samples of mosquitos infected with West Nile Virus has been discovered in Lakewood and Reseda, the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District reported Friday.

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To report a dead bird, call the California Department of Public Health at 877-968-2473.

Making sure all windows and doors in their home have screens that are in good condition.

DUSK and DAWN are when mosquitoes are most active. "For the last couple of weeks, mosquitoes collected from our traps throughout Davis have tested positive and lab results obtained today show that activity is certainly intensifying". Other repellents containing picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol are also effective against mosquitoes.

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State epidemiologist Stacey Anderson says it's a common time of year to see West Nile cases.

Smptoms may include fever, headache, vomiting, muscle aches, joint pain, and fatigue. "Unlike the common cold which is easily transmitted, the West Nile virus can only be spread by mosquito bites, and there are easy steps to take to reduce your risk of getting bitten".

Drain - Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property such as flowerpots, old auto tires and buckets; that's where mosquitoes lay their eggs. The mosquitoes are then sent to a lab where they are tested for West Nile Virus. There have been 150 positive tests for West Nile Virus in Ohio.

According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, West Nile virus is a leading cause of severe infections of the nervous system among adults older than age 50 in Los Angeles County.

A health advisory has been issued for Polk County due to a possible increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in the area.