West Nile-infected mosquitoes found in Wyoming

Officials say two pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus

The county says this is the first bird to test positive for West Nile since monitoring began on May 1.

According to the report, occasionally live chickens are tested to determine if West Nile is present in a particular area.

In Windham County, there are mosquito traps in Brattleboro, Putney, Westminster, Whitingham, Rockingham and Londonderry that are meant to capture the types of mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). EEE is rare in humans; however, humans are susceptible to the virus.

She continued, "Vaccination is typically administered in the spring, but may offer some protection even this late in the season". If owners notice any of these signs in their horses, they should contact their veterinarian immediately. At least once a week, eliminate the sources of standing water around a home by draining garbage cans, buckets, toys, flowerpots, etc.

So far, 6 humans have already tested positive for the virus in Louisiana this year while no West Nile infected cases have been reported in Orleans Parish and Jefferson. Do not apply insect repellent onto a child's hands, eyes, mouth, or on cut or irritated skin. Try to avoid outdoor activities during these times. They are monitoring and treating standing water in public areas as part of a pest management program.

- When possible, wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts while outside.

The severity and symptoms of WNV can vary widely. In a small number of cases, especially among those with pre-existing medical risk factors, West Nile can be life threatening.

Symptoms of West Nile include joint pain, headaches, muscle aches, nausea and a stiff neck. Individuals who develop any of these symptoms should see their healthcare provider immediately.

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