West Nile Virus has been Detected in Drumbo
Southwestern Public Health is alerting the public that a mosquito has tested positive for West Nile virus for the second time in as many weeks.
A mosquito trap in Drumbo has tested positive for the virus during routine surveillance. This follows last week’s announcement of a positive test result in Woodstock. Throughout the summer months, Public Health traps and tests mosquito pools across Oxford County on a weekly basis. With a second positive result for the virus, residents should make sure they use the following strategies to avoid West Nile virus.
COVER UP: • Wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants, especially in mosquito-prone areas. • Wear a bug repellent containing DEET.
CLEAN UP: • Regularly clean and empty water holding containers like bird baths, wading pools, pet water dishes and children’s toys, which could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. • Ensure rain barrels are covered with a fine screen and tightly sealed around the downspout. • Clear your yard of old tires, empty flower pots, buckets and any other debris where water collects. • Keep grass mowed and bushes trimmed in high use areas. • Make sure your doors and window screens fit tightly and are free of holes.
There was one human case of West Nile virus in Oxford County in 2017. Prior to last year, there had been no positive human cases since in the region since 2006.
West Nile virus is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people who are infected with WNV have no symptoms at all or have a mild illness such as fever, headache, muscle weakness, and body aches.
A few people will experience a more severe form of West Nile virus, called encephalitis (swelling of the brain), which may lead to a sudden and severe headache, high fever, stiff neck, and disorientation. Seniors, immunocompromised people, and young children are at greatest risk for health complications.