Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Initiative will target West Nile Virus and Lyme disease in 2013.
Trapping and testing mosquitoes are part of the annual insect control program the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday. The 2013 Disease Carrying Insect Program is a series of measures designed to prevent widespread outbreaks of West Nile Virus, Lyme disease and other illnesses in the county. The annual initiative involves monitoring mosquitoes and ticks, surveillance on any human cases in the county, and educating residents on effective prevention. West Nile Virus season runs from May to October, according to officials. During the the 2012 mosquito monitoring period, county health experts trapped and tested more than 64,000 mosquitos in nearly 2,800 groups. Of those groups, 255 tested positive for West Nile Virus. …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Tuesday vote will authorize program to survey mosquitoes for West Nile Virus, which killed a county resident and affected eight others in 2012.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a series of measures to prevent outbreaks of mosquito-borne West Nile Virus and other illnesses. The measures are part of the 2013 Disease Carrying Insects program. The county’s annual fight against insect-borne disease involves monitoring mosquitoes and ticks, surveillance on any human cases in the county, and educating residents on effective prevention. According to a Fairfax County Department of Health report, more than 5,300 cases of West Nile Virus were reported across the United States in 2012, 243 of the ending in death. In Virginia last year, 29 residents were diagnosed with West Nile, three of whom died. Of the eight cases reported in Fairfax County last year, one …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Muggy weather brings out more mosquitoes this week.
Mosquitoes are out in force as hot temperatures and muggy weather plague Northern Virginia this week. Pools of water from rainfall the past few days are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. One person in Maryland died from West Nile Virus, officials confirmed last week, in the state's first death from the virus reported this year. Virginia officials report four cases of West Nile Virus in the state, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, including one in Northern Virginia. West Nile Virus cases are up 40 percent nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Mosquitoes get the virus from feeding on infected birds and spread it to people they bite. Symptoms include fever, headache and body aches, and most people get better in a …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
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Fairfax County officials say presence of virus is not uncommon nor unexpected.
Fairfax County officials identified four positive pools of West Nile Virus in late May and early June, but they say the infection rate is extremely low. "For the last several years we have detected the presence of WVN in mosquitoes in Fairfax County. It is not unexpected," Glen Barbour, Public Safety Information Officer for the Fairfax County Health Department, wrote in an email to Patch. To date this season, Fairfax County officials have tested 578 pools. "The positive pools were taken between May 28 and June 10. I'm told that our infection rate is less than 1/1,000 — which is considered very low," Barbour said. West Nile Virus was found in Culex mosquitoes. Woodbridge officials reported earlier this month they have found West Nile …