"West Nile virus is on the rise in Davis as many dead birds and mosquitoes have tested positive for the disease", according to an update from the city.
"Residents should be aware of West Nile Virus and take some simple steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites", said Sarah Ward, Environmental Health Manager.
Davis has seen an increase in the West Nile virus and the mosquitoes that cause it, prompting authorities to intensify ground and aerial spraying. Prior to this year, CT has seen 134 cases with three fatalities, the DPH said.
Health officials recommend minimizing potential exposure to mosquitoes and using approriate bug repellent.
DUSK and DAWN-This is when mosquitoes are most active. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms.
Change water in bird baths on a weekly basis.
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This year, West Nile has not yet been found in a Wisconsin resident.
Clean and chlorinate swimming pools.
Wear shoes, socks, long trousers, and long-sleeved shirts. Clothing material should be tightly woven. More than 40,000 acres were treated over two nights in July using Trumpet EC, an insecticide routinely used for mosquito control throughout the country. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children.
"Make sure to fix or install window and door screens to keep mosquitoes from entering your home". Mosquito traps have been placed throughout the county.
Aptie Sookoo, Public Health Inspector at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health said because of the recent weather conditions, there is a high possibility that more pools positive with West Nile are likely to appear.
If you have any ponds on your property, the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District offers free mosquito fish that help eat mosquito larvae.