West Nile Virus detected in Santa Barbara County

Wednesday, 11 Oct, 2017

The Richland County Vector Control Department said because of the recent spike in West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes, it's monitoring the county and treating standing water to control mosquito larvae, submitting mosquitoes from trap collections for viral testing and working with multiple outlets to promote public awareness. And are monitored at the Wastewater Treatment Plant near Solvang.

So far this year cases have been reported in Bolivar, Calhoun (2), Clarke, Clay, Covington, DeSoto, Forrest (5), Hinds (13), Humphreys (2), Jones, Lauderdale, Leake, Lee (3), Leflore, Lincoln (2), Lowndes (2), Madison (4), Monroe (2), Noxubee, Perry, Rankin (7), Scott (2), Sunflower, Wilkinson, and Yazoo counties. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV do not have symptoms.

"While not every mosquito carries the virus, West Nile illness continues to be present in Denton County", Rodriguez said in a prepared statement. The Frisco resident was diagnosed with West Nile Fever, according to a county news release.

Avoid outdoor activity when mosquitoes are most active, especially at dusk and dawn. You can reduce your risk of WNV by using insect repellant and wearing protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites.

Ensure that door and window screens are tight-fitting and in good fix.

Residents are advised to empty standing water on their property and wear long sleeves and repellents when outdoors. One horse from St. Lawrence County was not vaccinated for the disease but was still alive.