Mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus in the eastern Coachella Valley for the first time in 2017.
There has been one case of West Nile confirmed in Clark County this year, which was reported in May. While less than 1% of people infected with the virus will develop serious neurological illness, such severe disease can result in long-term health issues or even death.
Oklahoma State Department of Health records show no deaths in the state due to the virus previous year, but 10 deaths were recorded in 2015 and a record 15 deaths occurred in 2012. Technicians will carry out larval and adult control as necessary in the surrounding area in an effort to reduce the number of mosquitoes and interrupt further transmission of the virus.
West Nile virus symptoms can include fever, headaches, body aches and nausea.
Experts have recommended people to place microbial larvicides or dunks in standing water, which can not be drained.
Miller adds that 16 mosquito traps will be put out across the region next week. These dunks can be easily purchased from any hardware store.
Mosquito control workers, lab workers, health care workers, travel industry workers, business travelers, and outdoor workers are occupations potentially exposed to the virus, he said. "Unfortunately, virus-carrying mosquitoes are out looking for a blood meal right when people are enjoying the pleasant temperatures in the mornings and evenings, so people really need to protect themselves".