West Nile Virus

A bit of Alertness to Check the Promulgation of West Nile Virus! Check Out!

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Vector control officials, on Thursday, did report that a mosquito sample in Sacramento County did test positive for West Nile virus. The local residents did receive the second sign in less than 7 days.

Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District, on Tuesday, went on records to state that a deceased American crow located in Davis did test positive for disease. The symptoms include body aches, headaches, skin rash, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Gary Goodman (district’s manager) has confirmed the news mentioned above.

Insects like mosquitoes do hunt for stagnant water for laying eggs. With temperature rising beyond 90 in the month of May, the eggs could have hatched in 24-72 hours and the larvae could have turned into mosquitoes within the subsequent 2 weeks.

Positive mosquito sample had been taken near Watt Avenue and Longview Drive, which actually overlaps border between North Highlands, Arden Arcade, and northeast Sacramento city limits. Goodman quoted that last year there were 129 confirmed cases of disease in California, wherein 12 succumbed to it.

As more number of people do prefer outdoor activities when it’s spring, it’s vital to recall that the finest protection against the mosquito bites is one of the most effective insect repellents, as stated by Goodman.

The West Nile virus results in inflammation, which is capable of damaging central nervous system and brain. The worst part is that as per medical experts, the disease is incurable. Though cerebral malaria therapeutics is in place, something like West Nile virus isn’t something easily palatable. Supportive care is provided for managing body aches, headaches, diarrhea, vomiting, and skin rash. At times, symptoms are not even visible, still the disease acts as a slow poison.

The Allegheny County

On the other hand, Allegheny County Health Department is working on the war footing to combat breeding of the mosquitoes by checking on catch basins in Pittsburgh. As per Lori Horowitz (health department’s housing and community environment program manager), the kinds of mosquitoes breeding in the catch basins are capable of spreading the diseases like West Nile virus.

The Health Department has stated that basins would get treated with a product emphasizing on mosquito larvae for decreasing population of mosquitoes and reducing the chances of spreading West Nile.

The treatments mentioned above would start from next Monday and continue till June 10, that too, from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For the ones concerned regarding the usage of toxic chemicals, Health Department is putting in relentless efforts for allaying the fears in the minds of public. The name of the product is “FourStar”. The good part is that it’s non-toxic to anyone – aquatic life, pets, and people. This active ingredient comes across as one of the naturally occurring soil bacteria that puts an end to mosquito larvae.

Dr. Debra Bogen, director of the same Health Department, has urged residents to keep a watch over breeding sites like the stagnant water in unused swimming pools, tires, clogged gutters, and buckets.

The precautionary measures mentioned above could certainly help in containing the spread of West Nile Virus.

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