Health officials: Mosquitos carrying West Nile Virus discovered in North Branford

Health officials: Mosquitos carrying West Nile Virus discovered in North Branford

The culex mosquito, health officials say, is the species responsible for transmitting the West Nile virus from birds to humans.

The city of Frisco reminds residents, and visitors alike, to proactively fight the bite after receiving confirmation that a Frisco resident has recovered from the Neuroinvasive form of West Nile virus.

Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.

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No human cases have been found in Santa Clara County this year.

This is the time when mosquitoes are most active.

"The positive bird means that residents of Racine County need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites", said Margaret Gesner, health officer. For instance, in our area, Asian Tiger mosquitoes which are carriers for Zika virus primarily bite very aggressively during the day.

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The agency also advises people to use insect repellent, fix and replace worn screens on doors and windows, and remove stagnant, shallow water or puddles on a weekly basis to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. People who are 50 years of age and older have a higher chance of getting sick and are more likely to develop serious symptoms when infected with WNV.

The district is asking residents who find fresh bird carcasses to contact the California West Nile virus hotline at (877) WNV-BIRD.

The elderly are especially susceptible to West Nile Virus. "West Nile was first identified in OH in 2001, so it's not new to our area, but we like to take the opportunity to remind everyone to take precautions".

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