Virginia Beach Mosquito Control sees increase in West Nile Virus activity

Tippecanoe Health Dept.: West Nile virus found in Tippecanoe County

For the first time this season, mosquitoes in Marion County have tested positive for West Nile virus, the health department announced Friday.

The samples were collected on June 25 - epi-week 26, and these areas have historically had WNV positives, Jennifer Barritt, biologist with VB Mosquito Control, said in a press release.

Oxford Drive in the Kings Grant neighborhood. When mosquitoes test positive, the program increases its prevention efforts during daytime and evening hours in the area where the trap is located.

The Board of Health is helping to education the public on how to eliminate mosquito breeding sites and to protect against bites.

The virus is spread through the bite of a mosquito that had been feeding on an infected bird.

The most serious cases of West Nile can be deadly.

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According to the CDC, 80 percent of the people who become infected don't have symptoms, but some develop flu-like symptoms, which can last for weeks or even months.

Those over the age of 50 or with immune system disorders are at greater risk of serious illness.

Wear long, loose and light colored clothing.

Use an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. No more than 50 percent DEET for adults and less than 30 percent DEET for children.

Turn over or remove containers in your yard where rainwater collects, such as plant trays, buckets, and toys.

Make sure window and door screens fit tightly to keep out mosquitoes.

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