Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

London mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

London mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

This comes after a large number of mosquito samples testing positive for West Nile virus were identified in Richmond and Henrico neighborhoods. Birds often are the first sign of transmission of West Nile virus or other diseases, Bass said. Contact your healthcare provider if you have symptoms of a possible West Nile virus infection, especially if you recently had mosquito bites. July was a wet month with numerous storms and heavy rainfall.

He urged county residents to use the Personal Protection Index available at dupagehealth.org, which alerts the public to the current West Nile virus risk level and offers information on precautions that can be taken for protection, Bolger said in a news release. For a current list of West Nile virus activity this year, visit this page on the district's website.

No other cases have been reported in Grant County, but there is the potential for the virus to spread.

The Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Washington State University reported the positive test results for the 10-year-old quarter horse from Four Lakes, Wash., according to the state Department of Agriculture.

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"However, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are more at risk".

Tips on how to protect yourself from West Nile, and how to help with the prevention of mosquitoes, can be found here. This is the time of day mosquitoes that can carry the virus are most active.

Use insect repellents containing DEET, carefully following application instructions and never spraying it directly on a child.

Make sure windows and doors are "bug tight" and fix or replace screens as needed. In 2006, two people died from the disease.

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