The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming two more cases of West Nile virus, bringing the year's total to 23.
The risk level for the West Nile virus has been raised to moderate "in every MA city and town", state public health officials announced today. Most people with the virus have no clinical symptoms of illness, but some may become ill three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.
Dusk/dawn are the times of day you should try to stay indoors.
Officials said there have not yet been any cases identified in humans, birds or horses, but early to mid-August typically marks the first onset of symptoms in these groups.
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Dr Jolyon Medlock, PHE's head of medical entomology said: 'While we have detected this mosquito species in areas around the Thames Estuary, we have not detected the virus itself. Check the product label for instructions on proper use.
West Nile Virus (WNV) can cause a fatal neurological disease and death in people.
"All residents, regardless of their location, should protect themselves and their families against mosquito bites". If an animal is suspected of having WNV or EEE, owners are required to report to DAR, Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to the Department of Public Health (DPH) by calling 617-983-6800.
"So we just have to do what we need to do to take care of ourselves, wearing long sleeves, using repellents and that kind of thing", said Ayers. Fix or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Residents should also ensure home door and window screens fit securely and are free of holes. Standing water, often seen in birdbaths and flowerpots, are breeding grounds for mosquitoes and should be emptied regularly. Water troughs provide excellent mosquito breeding habitats and should be flushed out at least once a week during the summer months to reduce mosquitoes near paddock areas.