All blood donations are routinely screened for West Nile Virus and any infected blood is discarded.
Clermont County Public Health is in the process of conducting an environmental assessment in the area to implement mosquito control.
A chicken in Merced County has tested positive for St. Louis encephalitis virus for the first time in decades, the mosquito abatement district reported.
While this is the first confirmed horse case this year, officials have detected the virus in sentinel chickens and a wild crow. Local leaders say DHEC confirmed that mosquitos in the same area of Rock Hill are carrying the West Nile virus.
Officials said they don't yet know if anyone has actually contracted West Nile, but they aren't taking any chances when it comes to stopping the spread of the disease. Most people do not show any symptoms.
The virus grows in birds, and it is transmitted from bird to bird and then from birds to humans by mosquitoes. There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent West Nile virus infection.
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To date, in Ontario, there have been seven reported human cases of West Nile virus and 113 positive mosquito pools identified from 21 different health units.
To decrease the chance of being bitten by an infected mosquito, health officials recommend draining still water and avoiding contact with mosquitoes by staying indoors around dawn and dusk, dressing in long sleeves and trousers and using insect repellant.
Mosquitoes are most active in the early morning and evening.
Use EPA registered insect repellent and follow the label directions.
In addition, residents should eliminate all sources of standing water on their property and drain empty flower pots, buckets, barrels, old vehicle tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.