Mosquito tests positive for West Nile virus in Clarksburg

A mosquito sample from the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project. Eagle File

Wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and socks when outdoors, especially at dawn and dusk to reduce the amount of exposed skin, as weather permits.

If you show symptoms, expect headaches, fever, body aches and even rashes about a week after being bitten.

REPEL: When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions.

Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed around the house so adult mosquitoes can not hide there.

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Officials say one of the best ways to avoid mosquito bites is to get rid of standing water and to wear insect repellant. "People over 50 and those with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable to the disease and are more likely to experience serious consequences".

According to Lowndes County PIO, Paige Dukes, Lowndes County is following local spraying protocols.

In addition to the City's normal spraying program, when an infected mosquito, human or animal is found, the City activates its response plan, calling for immediate, intensive and continued spraying in the areas where the viruses have been positively identified.

The Berkshire Mosquito Control Project will continue its efforts to reduce the mosquito population in the area with the use of larvicide, according to Superintendent Chris Horton.

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Most West Nile infections will go undetected by the patient. About 1 in 5 people develop a fever and other symptoms.

"Personal protective measures should also include proper clothing, trying to avoid mosquito bites by using mosquito repellent ... and to stay inside during mosquito peak hours at dusk and dawn, when they are out looking for food", she said.

"More swelling, more pain at the site, more redness, and it can actually cause more complications", said Miriam Copeland, Nurse Practitioner. People with cancer, diabetes, hypertension and kidney disease are at the higher risk of severe illness.

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