High number of Cape Cod mosquitoes with West Nile virus

The virus is spread by mosquito bites

Although most people don't develop symptoms, approximately 20 percent of those infected will develop an infection known as West Nile Fever, according to the CDC.

No human or animal cases of West Nile virus have been detected in the state this year. The health department will also continue spraying pesticides until this year's first "freezing" temperatures.

There have been more than 240 cases of west nile virus and 8 confirmed deaths since it came to Butte County in 2004.

In June, Cascade County Commissioners approved increasing the Mosquito Control Fund by $45,000 for additional chemicals needed to treat mosquitoes in our area after heavy rains and flooding.

Additionally, on August 6, the Mississippi State Department of Health confirmed six additional cases of West Nile virus, bringing the state's 2018 total to 13 so far.

There is also a small risk of infected people developing the more serious West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease, which could cause inflammation of the brain and can also be fatal.

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"Early symptoms can include fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, confusion, severe headache, sudden sensitivity to light, tremors, numbness, or vision loss".

"The identification of two CT residents with West Nile virus associated illness that required hospitalization underscores the potential seriousness of infection", said DPH Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino in a statement. People who develop any of these symptoms should see their healthcare provider immediately.

DEET-Apply repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient, such as DEET, and follow the directions on the package. Try to avoid outdoor activities during these times.

To reduce the number of mosquitoes they're asking residents to drain standing water, which mosquitoes thrive on.

Since 1999, when the virus was first detected in CT, cases have cropped up ever year.

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