According to the DPH, the WNV infection was confirm on July 16th; the mosquito sample was collected on July 8th in the Town of Sheffield.
“We have not had a confirmed case of West Nile virus in Erie County since October 2012 and we want to ensure it stays that way”, said Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein. There were six human cases of West Nile virus in the state a year ago. Flu-like symptoms can occur.
The highlighted area will be targeted for mosquito spraying this weekend. Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. Symptoms of Chikungunya will develop within three to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
Visit http://www.pinellascounty.org/mosquito to find a mosquito control request form and additional information about stopping mosquitoes. Removing mosquito breeding areas and preventing mosquito bites are two ways to prevent being infected with West Nile Virus.
Jan Washburn, interim general manager of the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District, said he does not believe there is a direct connection between levels of rainfall and virus activity.
Curt Anderson, director of environmental health in Auglaize County, said mosquitoes are most active certain times of the day. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flower pots, old vehicle tires, rain gutters and pet bowls. Avoid mosquito bites by using screens on windows and doors, covering up at dawn and dusk, and putting mosquito netting over playpens and baby carriages when they are outside.
While most mosquitoes fare poorly in dry conditions, other insects – like grasshoppers – thrive in the heat.