West Nile Virus found in Adams County mosquito trap

Posted at 11:33 AM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-02 13:38:15-04

Mosquitos trapped in Adams County have tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Southwest District Health Department.

The mosquitos carrying the virus were trapped in Indian Valley and Fruitvale, areas not located inside a mosquito abatement district. 

Residents are encouraged to take extra precautions to avoid being bitten. Precautions include draining any standing water on your property and wearing repellent when outdoors, health officials said.

West Nile virus is a potentially serious illness that is usually spread to animals and humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. 

Although most infections do not cause symptoms, one out of five who become infected with West Nile virus show symptoms such as fever, headaches, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph nodes, or a skin rash. These symptoms can last for only a few days -- or may last for several weeks. 

Symptoms typically occur from two to fourteen days after the bite from an infected mosquito. There is no specific treatment, but in more severe cases, people usually need hospitalization.