County to spray for mosquitos in Carlisle Monday

County to spray for mosquitos in Carlisle Monday

Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

Mosquito testing in Kent County has revealed the presence of West Nile Virus for the first time this season.

State environmental officials did not find West Nile virus or eastern equine encephalitis in the latest round of mosquito tests in Rhode Island. "We will not be able to completely eradicate West Nile virus from the mosquito population, but we can reduce human transmission and save lives".

West Nile is an illness that can be deadly for people with weakened immune systems, and the elderly, according to the health department.

"With confirmation that West Nile virus is in the community, everyone needs to follow the recommendations for protecting yourself from mosquito bites", said Adi Pour, the county's health director.

To report mosquito problems or stagnant pools of water, call the Department of Public Works' Vector Control Division at 631-852-4270. Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash and fatigue.

So far, neither virus has been found in humans or horses. Holcombe says that's not surprising because for most people, West Nile Virus is completely asymptomatic. Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn.