With new human cases of West Nile being reported, health officials in areas such as Utah's Utah County and Michigan's Macomb County are on alert following new reports of West Nile-positive mosquitoes.
Cumberland County's Vector Control Office is spraying to control mosquitoes around the Camp Hill Borough Thursday, according to an announcement from the Cumberland County Commissioners Office. About 80 percent of people infected with WNV will not show any symptoms at all; however, cases can range from mild to severe.
The West Nile Virus has been detected in a second dead bird in Richland County and officials want to warn the community to stay vigilant.
Make sure window and door screens are "bug tight". "But homeowners and residents in Passaic County need to know they play a big role in mosquito control as well".
Officials with the Illinois Department of Public Health say while cases of West Nile are found in Illinois each year, taking precautionary measures like ridding homes of areas with standing water and wearing insect repellent are still important.
Riverside has worked to clean up overgrown vegetation and drain standing water in the area, but recent rains may have boosted mosquito breeding, City Councilman Mike Soubirous said. The birds are also tested for West Nile Virus, the release stated, and so far this season one bird has been collected for testing, with lab results pending.
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Empty accumulated water from wheelbarrows, boats, cargo trailers, toys, and ceramic pots.
Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors. Mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus are more likely to bite during the evening, night, and early morning.
Apply insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET, or other EPA approved product to exposed skin or clothing, always following the manufacturer's directions for use.
Do not allow water to stagnate in birdbaths, ornamental pools, water gardens, and swimming pools or their covers.
Cover exposed skin by wearing a hat, long sleeves and long trousers in places where mosquitoes are especially active, such as wooded areas.