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Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Benton County

02 July 2018

Culex tarsalis is the species of mosquito that carries the West Nile virus.

The mosquitoes were collected off North Spring Court, near Campbell and Jupiter roads, according to Garland health officials.

The risk of West Nile virus infection will be high until mosquitoes go away after the first hard frost.

This marks the second year GRDHD has trapped and tested mosquitoes for the virus.

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Use EPA-registered insect repellents, including those with DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and oil of lemon eucalyptus.

Mosquitoes can be more than pesky insects.

Preventative measures involve removing the potential habitats of infected mosquitoes, including by ridding yards of standing water where the bigs typically breed, and ensuring window and door screens don't have holes in, Jared Dever, district manager of the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District, said in a statement earlier this month.

"The peak of the West Nile Virus season is August, so this is just the beginning", he said.

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The health department has issued a mosquito-borne illness advisory. Always follow the product label instructions.

Do not apply repellent near the eyes or mouth and use it sparingly around ears.

During dusk and dawn, when mosquitos are most active, individuals should wear trousers and long sleeves to avoid mosquito bites. Once a week, empty out items that hold water such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, pet bowls, flowerpots, and trash containers. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property by emptying flower pots, old vehicle tires, buckets, and other containers. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to humans and other animals.

Public works will continue tracking mosquito activity throughout the city limits and will maintain its aggressive spraying and larvicide efforts to control the mosquito population, according to city officials.

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Up to 20 percent of the people who become infected have symptoms such as fever, headache, and body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back.

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Benton County