West Nile risk increases

West Nile risk increases

Statewide, in 2016, 6,414 mosquito samples were tested for WNV and 189 samples were positive.

The donors did not know they had the virus in advance, the CDC said.

As summer temperatures increase, so does the risk of West Nile virus.

Last year, Minnesota saw more than 65 cases of West Nile across the state. The health department also collects dead birds that are submitted for testing for the presence of West Nile virus.

A pool of mosquitoes trapped recently in the northern portion of the Waneka Reservoir near Lafayette's Waneka Lake Park has tested positive for carrying the West Nile virus, according to Boulder County Public Health.

"The current risk for Hamilton has moved from low to moderate based on receiving these positive results", the release reads.

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The virus is transmitted through bites from mosquitoes that picked up the virus from an infected bird.

Eliminate standing water around your home, where mosquitoes breed.

No animal or human cases of the virus have been detected so far this year.

Up to 20 percent of the people who become infected have symptoms such as fever, headache, and body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back.

He says the best defense is to avoid any mosquito bites. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.

Keep weeds and tall grass cut short to reduce shady places where adult mosquitos can rest during the hot daylight hours. DEET-free products (such as those containing icardin, p-menthane-3, 8-diol /lemon-eucalyptus oil, or soybean oil) are also available, but may not provide as long-lasting protection.

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