Mesa County Public Health said no animals have tested positive for the virus inside the county, but the larger amounts of these mosquitoes are something to keep an eye on.
Chicopee officials added that West Nile was also found in a sample collected there. "We are fortunate to have had only a few cases of human illness, but finding the virus in mosquitoes is a reminder that we must take precautions throughout the WNV season". While the virus can infect anyone, those over age 50 are at higher risk for severe infection.
Mosquito populations on the East Coast are two to three times larger than normal this summer, according to an estimate by the The National Pest Management Association.
Repellent - Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label.
Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.More news: Two Palestinians, including teen, dead in Gaza protests
Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours. Mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active at dawn and dusk. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning.
The Iberia Parish Mosquito Control District it urging citizens to protect themselves against mosquito bites and mosquito born diseases.
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. The more than 170 different species of mosquitoes in North America are attracted to carbon dioxide, pets, heat sources and breed in stagnant water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.
Install or Repair Window and Door Screens.
"It was just a positive pool, so those areas just had some mosquitos that did test positive". There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat WNV in people. The health department did not disclose the man's name.