Cumberland County reports mosquito positive for West Nile

An aedes aegypti mosquito

No human cases of the mosquito-borne illness have been reported in the county so far this year.

According to Goodman, mosquitoes can complete their life cycles in just four to seven days in hot temperatures.

The news accompanies the discovery of new mosquito pools that have tested positive for West Nile virus in the following counties: Reno, Shawnee, and Johnson.

The return of West Nile-positive mosquitoes is once again prompting reminders to wear loose, light-colored clothing and to use repellents containing DEET.




This is the first year that OR has had the ability to test the insects, thanks to a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Franklin County Public Health officials say mosquitoes trapped in a pool near Hilliard have tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The Statesman Journal reports (https://is.gd/v8YKP1 ) 51 Oregonians were infected with the virus past year — all from travel-related exposure. When the water warms, they hatch and produce more mosquitoes which continue the cycle. "Even small amounts of stagnant water in flower pots, old tires, buckets, and other outdoor containers can easily become a mosquito breeding source, so we encourage you to inspect your yard this weekend and dump out any water you may find". To sign up, go to Spray Notifications on the website.

- Get rid of standing water that gives mosquitoes a place to breed. DAWN and DUSK are times to avoid being outdoors.

Health officials also said to fix holes in screen windows or doors. Limit exposure by wearing trousers and long sleeves in the evening. Always follow the directions on the label.

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