Second mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile virus

Last year 26 people contracted the virus and two died in Dallas County

Last year 26 people contracted the virus and two died in Dallas County

The Ada County Mosquito Abatement District confirmed today the first case of West Nile here.

Health unit staff recommend the usual precautions against mosquito bites as the best defence against contracting the virus.

Peter Haywood, Program Director with Southwestern Public Health, says this isn't too much of a shock.

"Typically we see our increases just historically in kind of early to mid-August, so we'll just have to watch it carefully the next couple weeks", said Jenny Galbraith, surveillance epidemiologist with the ND Department of Health's Division of Disease Control.

DCHHS said there is now no vaccine or specific treatment for West Nile virus.

Haywood adds the hot and humid weather may have something to do with it.

Symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, confusion, muscles weakness and severe headache.

Those with more severe illness may experience stiff neck, nausea, difficulty swallowing, vomiting, and lack of co-ordination or paralysis.

Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes are most active. This will help eliminate mosquito breeding areas around your home. Standing water can be treated with EPA-approved larvicides to kill mosquitoes before they become adults.

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