Additional West Nile Virus-infected mosquito samples found in Dauphin County

Additional West Nile Virus-infected mosquito samples found in Dauphin County

There is no vaccine or specific treatment for West Nile virus, and the medications given to patients are for the relief of symptoms. "We're trying to get good data in order to look at the types of mosquitoes we have here in our many counties in the region and when they pose the greatest risks".

Drain Standing Water - Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. There were three human cases of West Nile virus reported in 2017. The commission says larvicide has been placed in wetlands and catch basins and aerosol spraying is taking place to reduce the mosquito population.

Last year, Oklahoma County had seven confirmed cases of West Nile Virus, but no fatalities.

- Dispose of old tires. "However, people should still take simple precautions to avoid mosquito bites". When using insecticides, always follow label instructions.

To protect yourself against mosquitoes, health officials recommend using insect repellent, repairing torn window screens, wearing long sleeves and trousers, and draining standing water, which mosquitoes use to breed.

Make sure screens fit tightly over doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of homes.

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Dawn and Dusk: Protect yourself all day and night, and wear repellent outdoors during these prime times for mosquito activity.

Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.

Sentinel chickens are used to monitor diseases in the area.

In a recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research sponsored event in the Valley, a collaboration of agencies including Texas AgriLife and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, have joined forces with other state and local agencies to solve threats from the pests as members of the Western Gulf Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases.

City officials urged residents to practice the "five Ds of prevention".

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