Most Hill County mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus


August 17, 2018

From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

West Nile Virus Activity by State – United States, 2018 as of Aug. 7. *WNV human disease cases or presumptive viremic blood donors have screened possitive for West Nile but its presence has not necessarily been confirmed. †WNV veterinary disease cases, or infections in mosquitoes, birds, or sentinel animals.

Most of the mosquitoes in Hill County have West Nile virus, Kim Larson of Hill County Health Department said during a meeting of county officials Thursday.

All but two pools of mosquitoes tested in the district came back positive for West Nile, she added.

From the start of the mosquito season, the health department has advocated people take preventative measures.

The "Four Ds of Prevention," she said, are:

• Dress (in dark clothing with long sleeves and pants)

• DEET (mosquito repellent)

• Dusk and dawn (are peak biting hours. Stay indoors or protect yourself)

• Drain (any...

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