West Nile virus found in Clay, Glynn County mosquito samples

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The announcement comes after news that the city of Sacramento unintentionally heightened the risk of virus transmission in the Pocket by creating bodies of stagnant water ideal for mosquito breeding.

Dusk/Dawn - Avoid dusk and dawn activities during the summer when mosquitoes are most active.

West Nile virus is a potentially life-threatening disease contracted through the bite of an infected mosquito.

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North Carolina's first death and first confirmed case of West Nile virus in 2018 happened in Cumberland County, where an elderly person contracted the illness, according to the NC Department of Health and Human Services. "We must use this unfortunate event as a reminder that West Nile virus is still here", said Duane Holder, Interim Health Director.

However, across California in 2017, 600 people tested positive for the virus and 44 people died.

County Vector Control officials said West Nile virus has been present in San Diego County since 2003.

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Planes will release Trumpet EC, an EPA-registered insecticide routinely used to curb mosquito populations across the country, the news release said. The FDA recommends insect repellents with DEET or picaridin as an active ingredient, wearing long sleeves and long trousers in areas where mosquitoes are active and staying indoors, keeping window screens closed.

Mosquito-proof your home. Make sure that doors and windows have tight fitting screens. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out.

The CDC says that most people infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms.

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Mosquitoes become carriers for the disease after they feed on an infected bird, which acts as a host for the disease. Talk with your veterinarian about vaccinating your horse to protect them against WNV. West Nile virus is one of several mosquito-borne viruses that can be acquired in North Carolina.

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