Positive test for West Nile Virus found in Candia

CANDIA, NH - The State Lab in Concord recently confirmed that a batch of mosquitoes collected in Candia has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

West Nile Virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. For humans, the risk of contracting the infection is low and in the overwhelming majority of cases, there are no symptoms or just mild, flu-like symptoms. If illness does occur, it happens within 4 to 10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. If someone is experiencing flu-like symptoms including fever and headache, they should contact their local medical provider.

Continue to take steps to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes and to eliminate standing water on your property. With the upcoming rain, it is imperative to eliminate mosquito breeding areas to help reduce the risk. Dump water out of containers such as wheel barrows, buckets, trash barrels, tarps, boats, canoes, bird baths and any other manmade container. Check screens on windows and doors for holes whereby mosquitoes can enter your home. Protect yourself and your family with a few simple steps. Avoid being outside at dawn and dusk when possible. Use repellents and cover up by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Here's a link to EPA registered repellents: https://www.epa.gov/insect-repellents

Spraying to control adult mosquitoes will occur on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Town Hall, Library, and Moore Park in Candia.

Mosquito trapping and disease testing will continue until mid-October. Treatment of mosquito larvae in the wetlands is ongoing. The threat of mosquitoes carrying disease won't diminish until a hard freeze which may not occur until sometime in November.

More information about mosquitoes and West Nile Virus is available at https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/arboviral/index.htm or https://www.cdc.gov/westnile

Source: Health Department

Category: Town Hall News

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