Here's How Halton is Guarding Residents from West Nile Virus

Most people who are infected don't feel any symptoms. "Kern residents should take precautions to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes as this is the most risky time of year for mosquito-borne illness". "Unlike the common cold, which is easily transmitted, the West Nile virus can only be spread by mosquito bites, and there are easy steps to take to reduce your risk of getting bitten".

North Dakota had 62-human cases of West Nile a year ago.

In addition, a 74-year-old woman in the city of Riverside and a 50-year-old Eastvale man contracted the virus, according to Riverside County's public health officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser. A resident of the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County was hospitalized in mid-May and WNV was confirmed as the cause by the California Department of Public Health.

Vector control officials have netted mosquito samples in eastern and western county areas where the virus was present. They are also one of the first confirmed human cases in California this year. "Taking just a few minutes to remove any standing water from your yard, apply recommended mosquito repellents, and ensure your window and door screens are free of holes can help protect you and your community from this risky disease", said Jared Dever, District Manager of the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District. In many cases in North America, West Nile virus is contracted during mosquito season which often runs from summer until fall.

The virus is spread by mosquito bites.

The Bell County Public Health District added that mosquitos are most active around dawn and dusk.

When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that includes DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to label instructions.

Make sure your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens and fix or replace screens that have holes or tears.

Use EPA-registered insect repellents with one of the following ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol and 20undecanone. Fix or replace screens that have tears or other openings. "The mosquito that can transmit Zika really doesn't breed in those larger swampy conditions".

Cover rain barrels and empty weekly.

Vanessa Coleman