More Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile

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Since June 29, eight of them have produced samples of West Nile Virus.

State and local health departments are reminding citizens about the causes and ways to prevent contracting the West Nile virus after the first human case in Nebraska this season was reported recently in Scotts Bluff County in the panhandle of western Nebraska. Soucy added, "We have West Nile in the state every year".

Since 2000, there have been 134 human cases of WNV, including three deaths. "In 2015, there were 46 human cases of WNV infection in Maryland, almost reaching the 2012 peak". Public Health continues to work closely with the Environmental Services Department's Vector Control Program to determine the prevalence of the virus in our region. Nearly all South Dakota Counties are projected to have a higher than average risk with exceptions for the northeast and southwest corners of the state.

Dakota Radio Group reports the virus has been detected in blood donations from four counties, including Hand, Faulk, Potter and Todd counties.

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Sexton explained that not all mosquitos carry West Nile virus, the ones that do only come out at night.

"Basically the best prevention is not being bit a mosquito", she said.

By comparison, Dr. Clayton says a year ago there were 73 human cases of West Nile in South Dakota. The sprayers were out the next night, and another count was taken the following day.

Highest reductions occurred at Kunhart Field and the new Southtown water tower in southeast Huron, both in the 90 percent range.

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DEET - Use insect repellents that contain DEET when outdoors.

- All of the standing water means a bumper crop of mosquitoes.

It's the first discovery this year of mosquitoes with the virus in Maryland.

Mosquitoes are most active at sunrise and sunset.

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"In other words, we still recommend mosquito control and warnings to the public when possible".

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