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West Nile virus infection reported in Fairfax County

04 August 2018

"These traps are tested weekly from June to September, and with this recent confirmation of West Nile virus activity, we are increasing our efforts in the area surrounding the positive traps by looking for breeding sites and re-treating catch basins with larvicide".

The resident started to feel ill on July 27 and was hospitalized the next day, the release said. The deadly disease, which can cause serious neurological diseases in humans, was confirmed after samples sent from here tested positive at the National Institute of Virology, Pune. Less than one percent of infected people develop the neuro-invasive form of the illness.

"But through a very aggressive trapping and monitoring program we're seeing higher numbers of West Nile virus infected mosquito pools".

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Symptoms include fever, headache and body aches. Dr. Garvey says that, until the state's first hard frost, whether it's for work or play, being outside means there's a risk for West Nile virus.

For more tips on mosquito bite prevention, click or tap here. It's infected more than 150 people in the state over the past six years.

Between 2013 and 2015, there were no reported human cases with only single cases reported in 2016 and 2017. Do not forget to drain water from tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys and puddles. Change the water in bird baths at least once a week.

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DUSK and DAWN are when mosquitoes are most active.

DEET is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents. Always follow label instructions carefully. Long sleeves and trousers if possible. Other repellents containing picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol are also effective against mosquitoes.

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West Nile virus infection reported in Fairfax County