Lehigh County Combats West Nile
Warmer temperatures mean an increase in mosquito activity. The Lehigh County West Nile Coordinator is helping to educate the county on avoiding mosquito borne illnesses. One of the most critical step in reducing mosquito populations is removing standing water around the home.
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With warmer weather right around the corner, mosquitoes will soon be in full force. There are things you can do now to keep mosquitoes at bay and hopefully avoid the diseases they carry, including West Nile virus. “The thing to remember about West Nile virus is that it’s endemic now. It’s not going to go away. The reservoir is the bird population so it’s always going to be here and the mosquitoes are always going to be here,” said Louise Bugbee, the Lehigh County West Nile Coordinator with Penn State Extension. Continue reading…
Madison Health Department Prepares for Mosquito Season
The Madison NJ Health Department is working to prevent the spread of the West Nile virus. Mosquito season is ramping up as the temperatures increase. Residents are being adviced on how to reduce mosquito populations.
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Madison Health Dept. has announced tips to prevent infection of the West Nile virus.
Now that warm weather is approaching, so is the mosquito breeding season and concerns about West Nile Virus. Since West Nile Virus is transmitted primarily by the bite of an infective mosquito, residents are advised to take precautions to reduce the risk of mosquito bites. In the past, peak West Nile Virus activity in New Jersey usually occurred in August/September.
— When outdoors, use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient. The gold standard for mosquito repellent is DEET, which may be used on adults and children greater than two months of age. Continue reading…
Invasions of the Asian Tiger Mosquito
The Asian tiger mosquito is spreading farther north in the United States. The insect is an invasive species. The Asian tiger mosquito carries chikungunya.
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Many Americans think global warming is a distant risk that threatens faraway places with ice caps and polar bears. Very few Americans link global warming to infectious disease, but that could change.
As the climate of the northern United States warms, the Asian tiger mosquito, one of the world’s most invasive pests, continues spreading northward from Texas to New York, while extending its breeding season. These changes are happening just when chikungunya, an infectious disease carried by this and other mosquitoes, is rapidly spreading throughout the Caribbean. Pieces are falling into place for a historic epidemic on U.S. shores.If that happens, then mosquitoes might just shift the debate from whether climate change is happening to a more serious discussion on how to respond to the consequences of a warmer world. Continue reading…
Preparing for Mosquito Season
George Mbata studies mosquitoes at Fort Valley State. Mbata said with the warmer temperatures the mosquitoes breed more rappidly. He reccomends removing any standing water so the mosquitoes have no where to lay their eggs.
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George Mbata is an entomologist on Fort Valley State’s campus and knows a thing or two about mosquitoes.
“Once the weather starts warming up, that allows accelerated reproduction rates, so they develop really fast,” he said, “They need the blood for maturation of the eggs, so only female mosquitoes bite.”
And when they bite, they can leave pathogens behind in human blood, which can lead to diseases like the West Nile Virus and Yellow Fever. Continue reading…
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