Algoma district residents reminded to protect themselves against West Nile Virus

Algoma district residents reminded to protect themselves against West Nile Virus

Algoma district residents reminded to protect themselves against West Nile Virus

Eliminate standing water sources.

While a nuisance, they tend to feed off birds and transfer the disease to them, but the Asian tiger species is an aggressive, day-biting mosquitoes, according to Gruener.

The commission sent out an alert on August 10 to the Hackettstown Police Department, which alerted residents on Facebook that 12 new samples of mosquitoes tested positive for the West Nile virus in Warren County between July 31 and August 2, bringing the total number of confirmed virus-plagued mosquitoes to 26 for this year. However, you can take things a step further by making sure that you dump out any standing water on your property that may be acting as a breeding ground for mosquitos.

Public health officials say two MA municipalities have mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile virus. "Although the risk of becoming infected with WNv is low, protecting yourself against mosquito bites can help reduce the risk even further".

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Avoid the outdoors during dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

"We encourage people to continue taking precautions and fighting the bite of mosquitoes that spread illness".

"There is no good time or reason to be bitten by a mosquito, and that's especially true with this first finding of West Nile virus in our area", stated Richard Ovcharovich, manager of environmental health with the HKPR District Health Unit. Overall, 106 cases of West Nile virus disease in people have been reported to CDC.

Health officials say one in 150 people infected with the virus will develop a severe illness. Roughly 10% of the most severe cases end up being fatal. The CDC notes that roughly 20 percent of people develop symptoms that include generalized body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, and fatigue.

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