VT Health Dept.: First Detection of West Nile Virus in Mosquito Pool

By Joe Gullo

Published 08/08 2014 02:34PM

Updated 08/08 2014 06:20PM

BURLINGTON , Vt.- The Vermont Health Department says mosquitoes in St. Albans City have tested positive for West Nile virus.

The mosquitoes were collected from a pool on July 29.

The Health Department says late summer is when the risk of human cases of West Nile virus is the highest.

“The first detection this summer is a reminder that West Nile virus is around – and Eastern Equine Encephalitis probably is too – and people should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites,” said Patsy Kelso, state epidemiologist for infectious disease.

Twenty-eight of 1,328 mosquito pools tested positive for West Nile virus in 2013.

The Health Department recommends:
  • Wear long sleeves and pants and avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are active.
  • Reduce mosquito breeding habitats by getting rid of standing water, and by draining areas where water can pool such as rain gutters, wading pools, and old tires.
  • Use repellents containing no more than 30 percent DEET for adults and no more than 10 percent for children age 3 and older.
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.

For more information visit www.healthvermont.gov.

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