Mosquitos that carry fatal virus spotted in Southend

Mosquitos that carry fatal virus spotted in Southend

Mosquitos that carry fatal virus spotted in Southend

The risk of becoming seriously ill is low for most people; however, those over 50 or with compromised immune systems are more susceptible. Since the beginning of 2018, four cases of EEEV infection in horses in Nassau County and one outbreak of EEEV in emus were reported.

The disease is spread by mosquitoes who have previously fed on infected birds, before passing their infected blood on to humans via bites.

West Nile is transmitted through mosquito bites.

DPH says a 68-year-old New Castle County man was hospitalized back in July due to illness, and remains hospitalized due to underlying health conditions unrelated to the virus.

West Nile can also develop into more serious health issues.

Health officials say the best ways to prevent West Nile are: using insect repellents containing DEET, emptying standing water from containers around your home, wearing long sleeves and trousers from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active and repairing damaged screens on windows and doors.

So far, no human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported by health officials in Lanark County.

A key step in the prevention of West Nile is reduction of mosquito breeding grounds.

Avoid activities outside at dusk and dawn.

Dr Jolyon Medlock, PHE's head of medical entomology, told Mail Online: "While we have detected this mosquito species in areas around the Thames Estuary, we have not detected the virus itself".

Install screens on all windows.

Apply insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET, or other EPA approved product to exposed skin or clothing, and always following the manufacturer's directions for use. DO NOT USE personal insect repellents on children under two years of age. 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.

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