Mosquito surveillance in Monona County

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a feeding female Anopheles Stephensi mosquito crouching forward and downward on her forelegs on a human skin surface in the process of obtaining its blood meal through its

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The program also monitors reports of dead birds (an early sign of the presence of the virus) and investigates areas of stagnant water for the presence of mosquito larvae, specifically from the Culex mosquito, which is the primary carrier of West Nile in IL. People with certain medical conditions and the elderly are more at risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of the end of June, 23 states have reported cases of West Nile virus in mosquitoes, people, and birds in 2018.

If you have a swimming pool or spa that is not in use, drain the water off the cover or treat this standing water with Mosquito Dunks®. Eight out of 10 people who get West Nile Virus do not get any symptoms at all, while others may experience mild symptoms such as headache, vomiting, diarrhea, joint pains, and rashes.

The state usually sees at least a handful of human cases of West Nile each year.

- Properly dispose of discarded tires that can collect water.

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New Bedford is taking precaution against diseases spread by mosquitoes. Residents should also make sure that their window and door screens are in good fix to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside.

Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing.

Limit outdoor activities during peak mosquito times. Use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito. Surveillance efforts consist of a systematic collection, analysis and interpretation of health-related data needed for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health practice. It also monitors the impact of an intervention, and tracks progress towards health specified goals, helping to clarify epidemiology of health problems to allow priorities to be set and to inform public health policy and strategies each year.

Boston officials urged residents to protect themselves from the virus by using insect repellant, wearing long sleeves, and emptying standing water.

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