The City of Gainesville has received it first positive results of West Nile Virus. The latest information about West Nile virus activity in California is available at the same website.
The occasional dip in day and evening temperatures has not removed the risk of contracting West Nile virus.
"Anything that's mosquito-borne that you have water on your property, the potential exists that a horse could potentially get bit by a mosquito that is infected with the West Nile virus", said Tonya Kubis, stable manager and owner at Greystone Stables. Dogs, which are at risk for Lyme disease, also can be protected by vaccine from a veterinarian. These individuals are urged to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes during mosquito season, which extends from June 1 through November 1.
Not all ticks are infected with disease, but those that are, must bite and remain attached for hours in order to transmit diseases.
Health officials said that the animal exposure is another indicator of how widespread the risk of disease is in Vermont. Lyme disease responds to appropriate antibiotic therapy. Individuals who develop any of these symptoms should see their healthcare provider immediately.
Most people with the milder form of the illness typically recover on their own, although symptoms could last several weeks. Most people who are infected do not become sick, but approximately 20 percent develop flu-like symptoms. West Nile virus can be fatal. There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus infection, and care is based on symptoms.
DEET is an ingredient to look for when purchasing insect repellent.
"Mosquitoes are everywhere. No one place is safe", she said. Bird baths should be drained and refilled every 3-4 days.
Using larvicides, such as mosquito torpedoes or mosquito dunks, to prevent breeding in large water-holding containers, including bird baths and garden water features.