Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Benton County

PA DEP: West Nile Virus pops up in The Valley again |

The Vermont Health Department says this is the first detection of the virus for the 2018 season. Symptoms of West Nile Virus include: fever, rash, headache and joint pain.

Rhode Island also tests mosquitoes for West Nile virus, which has not yet been found. This case marks the earliest diagnosis of West Nile virus reported in New York City since 1999, according to the NYC Health Department.

West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne virus. We have more information posted at WKOK.com, including how you can prevent yourself and others from contracting the virus.

Mosquito season has arrived, and the pesky insect population is higher than years past.

Wear protective clothing such as long sleeved shirts and trousers. The spray is not harmful to humans or pets and kills adult mosquitoes.

The response to mosquito transmitted diseases in Connecticut is a collaborative inter-agency effort involving the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Connecticut (UCONN).

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Minimize time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Preventative measures involve removing the potential habitats of infected mosquitoes, including by ridding yards of standing water where the bigs typically breed, and ensuring window and door screens don't have holes in, Jared Dever, district manager of the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District, said in a statement earlier this month.

Using insect-repellant with DEET, IR 3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus, according to product instructions.

Only one in 150 infected with West Nile get West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease, but the disease is much more serious.

In a statement, they said, "It is important for residents to keep in mind to take precautions against WNV and other mosquito borne illness".

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