West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Perth

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Tests have confirmed that mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus were found in Pardes Hanna, Binyamina, Caesarea, the Menashe Regional Council and the Alona Regional Council, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) made the announcement Thursday, saying all but one of the people diagnosed with the virus have been hospitalized.

The health authority says no human cases have been reported and no positive mosquito pools have been identified.

"Please be very vigilant going around your home weekly and looking for standing water and dumping it out in locations that could possible hold standing water, it just takes over a little tablespoon of water and you are raising mosquitoes around your home", Mulla said.

Unusual clusters of dead birds can be reported to the BC Interagency Wild Bird Mortality Investigation at 1-866-431-BIRD (2473).

So far, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station has detected West Nile virus in the following communities: Bethany, Bridgeport, Chester, Danbury, Darien, East Haven, Easton, Fairfield, Franklin, Greenwich, Haddam, Hamden, Hartford, Madison, Manchester, Meriden, Middlefield, Milford, Monroe, New Britain, New Canaan, New Haven, Newington, North Branford, Norwalk, Orange, Shelton, South Windsor, Stamford, Stratford, Wallingford, Waterbury, Waterford, West Hartford, West Haven, Westbrook, Weston, Westport, Wethersfield, Woodbridge.

Health officials say the best ways to prevent West Nile are: using insect repellents containing DEET, emptying standing water from containers around your home, wearing long sleeves and trousers from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active and repairing damaged screens on windows and doors. They say the horses confirmed with the virus had not been vaccinated.

Most people who become infected with WNV will not develop any symptoms of illness.

Suggestions for abatement in Category 2 zones includes treating a one-mile radius for prevention of more mosquito activity, use of ground or aerial applications for three treatments in 10-14 day intervals to kill mature insects and deployment of 45-day briquettes in storm drains or obvious breeding areas on public properties or rights of way and schools to eradicate larvae. Check the product label for instructions on proper use.

Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Screens will help prevent mosquitoes from coming indoors. Repellents containing DEET are safe for those over six months of age when used according to the directions on the label.