Thursday, August 18, 2022

Two West Nile virus cases in N.Y. amid surge in infected mosquitos. (WaPo)

St. Johns County's Mosquito Control District is vigilant against outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases.  We must protect scientific integrity and the independence of the District.  If elected, I pledge to do so,.

From The Washington Post:

Two West Nile virus cases in N.Y. amid surge in infected mosquitos


Two people have been diagnosed with West Nile virus in New York City, local health authorities announced Tuesday — the latest battle for a state that has been grappling with the coronavirus and, more recently, monkeypox and polio cases.

City health department officials said one case of West Nile virus (WNV) was reported in Brooklyn and another in Queens as “a record number” of infected mosquitoes have been detected in all five boroughs. 

“We are in the height of West Nile virus season, but there are things you can do to decrease your risk of being bitten,” Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan said in a statement.

Since the virus is typically transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitoes, Vasan suggested using an EPA-registered insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants — particularly when outside at dawn or dusk when the insects are most active — and keeping water from collecting in any outdoor containers.

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