The city has increased mosquito spraying to twice per week in the affected area and will continue working closely with the Texas Department of State Health Services to trap and test mosquitos for the presence of the West Nile virus.
Weld County Health Department Executive Director Mark Wallace says the combination of wet and increasingly hot weather in the area has created the ideal conditions for the type of mosquito that carries West Nile Virus.
West Nile, which is spread by the infected mosquitoes, doesn't cause symptoms in most people, but those who do become sick may contract a fever or experience a more severe infection in their brain or spinal cord. For standing water that can not be drained such as fountains, ponds, etc., consider adding "Mosquito Dunks" or mosquito fish, which feed on mosquito larvae. "By eliminating places for mosquitoes to lay eggs, using insect repellant and other protective measures, and targeted use of pesticides, we can all make sure Pennsylvanians are protected". Eliminate or drain all sources of standing water on your property, including flower pots, old vehicle tires, rain gutters and pet bowls. There has only been one case of death associated with the virus since 2015.
Be particularly careful at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. The disease was identified by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) which tested mosquitoes collected from June 18 to August 2.
To combat the risk of infection, residents are advised to use mosquito repellent, wear long trousers and sleeves to cover exposed skin, and avoid areas where mosquitoes congregate.
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The disease is most commonly transmitted to humans through a mosquito bite.
The health department also suggests mosquito-proofing your home by installing screens on windows and doors and using air conditioning, if available. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.
Human and non-human cases of West Nile Virus by state. Use an approved repellent according to its label.
The CAES maintains a network of 91 mosquito-trapping stations in 72 municipalities throughout the state. Mosquitoes are grouped (pooled) for testing according to species, collection site, and date.