Chickens test positive for West Nile in Kenner

West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Perth County traps

So far there have been none reported in Jefferson and Orleans Parish.

The Advocate reports Environmental Conservation Police captured the juvenile red-tailed hawk Tuesday in Bridgeport after it injured at least two people.

Common symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, headache, body aches and rash. These areas include standing water in rain barrels, bird baths, unused tires, gutters, and boat or pool covers.

Dress - Wear loose-fitting, long sleeved shirts and trousers to reduce the amount of exposed skin.

"Anything ... around your yard that is just a source of standing water that's not moving and isn't chlorinated like your pool is, you want to get rid of that water so you don't encourage mosquito breeding", Rigler said. The infected mosquitoes can then transmit WNV to humans and animals.

DUSK and DAWN-This is when mosquitoes are most active.

About one in 150 people infected with West Nile virus will develop severe illness.

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While some of the tropical viruses spreading into the United States are a result of climate change, West Nile Virus most likely came to the United States via global travel or trade, said Kwit. Use of commonly sold insect repellents, like those using DEET, Picaridin or other EPA-registered repellents, can cut down on mosquito bites, and possible exposure to the virus, according to the DEP.

For more information, go to www.westnile.state.pa.us.

A dead bird found in Brown County has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

As of Wednesday, North Dakota reported 18 human WNV cases, up 14 cases since July 30.

"There is no direct treatment for the virus in horses, but vaccination is highly effective in preventing disease".

The best defense against WNV is bite prevention. For more information about Dauphin County's WNV Control Program, contact Christopher Hooper, program coordinator, at 717-921-8100.

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