West Nile Virus found in some mosquitoes in Portsmouth, Ohio area

West Nile virus mosquitos

West Nile Virus is most commonly transmitted to humans through a mosquito bite.

Weld County Health Department Executive Director Mark Wallace says the combination of wet and increasingly hot weather in the area has created the flawless conditions for the type of mosquito that carries West Nile Virus.

Three mosquito pools have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, the Portsmouth City Health Department reports.

The health department operates a mosquito control program and checks traps set in the community to test for diseases like West Nile, Zika and St. Louis Encephalitis. "The risk for potential human exposure to WNV is high at present and will likely remain so for the next few weeks".

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Experts say most people who are infected have no symptoms or experience only mild, flu-like symptoms.

Symptoms include fever, headache and body aches.

"It's peak season for mosquito activity, and it's important that we all be vigilant and take precautions when enjoying the outdoors this time of year", said CU Boulder Assistant Director for Environmental Operations Rob Lenahan. "You should wear insect repellant if you go outside during dusk or dawn and should remove standing water around your home". Less than one percent of infected people develop the neuro-invasive form of the illness.

Since mosquitoes are attracted to standing water, residents are also advised to clean or empty out items that may hold water such as old tires, buckets, planters, toys, birdbaths, flowerpots, tarps, trash containers, downspout extensions and other containers to stop mosquitoes from breeding on your property. Always read the repellent label and consult with a health care provider if you have questions when using these types of products for children.

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