Montgomery County reports spike in West Nile activity

West Nile Virus detected in mosquitoes in Worcester and Auburn; No humans have tested positive

Twenty-eight positive West Nile samples were in The Woodlands alone. Young children, the elderly and those with lowered immune systems are at greater risk of severe symptoms. The tests come about a month after officials announced the state's first mosquitoes to test positive for the virus were found in two Cook County suburbs.

"In 2017, there were six human cases of West Nile virus confirmed in Lake County", said Mark Pfister, Executive Director for the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center.

"The county's WNV Control Program is continuing to closely monitor conditions and implement control measures to reduce the mosquito population and prevent the virus from spreading", said Dauphin County Board of Commissioners' Chairman Jeff Haste, who oversees the Conservation District.

Certain mosquito species carry the West Nile virus, which can cause humans to contract West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain.

New Bedford is taking precaution against diseases spread by mosquitoes. Otherwise, take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing.

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Luckily, the 28-year-old was able to walk away from the wreckage and gave fans a wave on his way to receive medical attention. Gasly did not return to the track after Hartley's crash.

Limit outdoor activities during peak mosquito times. Although it may be hard to do when it's hot, wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

Make sure screens fit tightly over doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of homes. Use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.

Surveillance serves as an early warning system for impending public health emergencies at the local, state, national, & worldwide level.

In a recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research sponsored event in the Valley, a collaboration of agencies including Texas AgriLife and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, have joined forces with other state and local agencies to solve threats from the pests as members of the Western Gulf Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases.

Boston officials urged residents to protect themselves from the virus by using insect repellant, wearing long sleeves, and emptying standing water.



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