West Nile virus is back, according to a mosquito sample collected by the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District in Carver County.
No cases of West Nile have been reported in humans or birds yet this summer, but wet and warm weather could give West Nile-carrying mosquitoes a boost. Last year, 70 people contracted West Nile in Minnesota. Two years ago, only two cases were seen.
MMCD tracks reports of birds found and reported by citizens throughout the metro area. You can report bird deaths and other mosquito problems at http://www.mmcd.org
REDUCE YOUR RISK FOR WEST NILE
- Check yards and neighborhoods for water-holding containers and recycle or dump them out (it can take less than a week for mosquitoes to develop in standing water),
- Make sure window screens are in good repair
- Wear long-sleeved, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing
- Use mosquito repellent (carefully follow label directions)
- Whenever possible, avoid prolonged outdoor activity at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
WEST NILE SYMPTOMS
The elderly and those with suppressed immune systems are the most susceptible to the virus; however, about 80 percent of people who contract West Nile Virus never show any symptoms. Those who do get sick often come down with sustained headaches, fever, fatigue and a rash.