East Kingston Residents Urged to Take Precautions After Positive West Nile Test

East Kingston Residents Urged to Take Precautions After Positive West Nile Test

Spencer Fox, a doctoral student in integrative biology who studies mosquito-borne illnesses, said although most infected with the virus show no symptoms, Texas sees hundreds of cases of the illness each year.

The town urged residents Monday to take precautions after a batch of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile Virus. The bird represents the first positive report of West Nile activity in the county this year.

The health department did not say where in Genesee County the bird was found.

Although humans rarely contract West Nile virus-states reported fewer than 2,000 human cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2016-it can be life-threatening for the 1 percent of human cases that result in a serious neurological condition.


Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon, eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions.

Other preventative measures include making sure windows and doors are closed during dusk and dawn hours, when mosquitoes are most active.

While four out of five people infected with West Nile do not develop symptoms, flu-like symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash could be a sign of infection. "Additionally, DHEC will conduct mosquito trapping in the area to help determine the length of time needed to conduct spraying".

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