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Mosquito InformationMosquitoes

Mosquitoes are small flying insects that feed on human and animal blood or plant juices.

Though most mosquitoes do not transmit diseases, several mosquito species have been linked to carrying West Nile virus, an infection that can cause serious illness. There are about 70 different species of mosquitoes in New York State, but only certain species have been associated with West Nile virus. 


What are the Symptoms of West Nile Virus?

It is estimated that 20% of the people who become infected will develop West Nile fever: mild symptoms include fever, headache, and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash and swollen lymph glands. In many individuals, these symptoms are so mild that they go unnoticed or undetected.

The symptoms of severe infection (West Nile encephalitis or meningitis) can include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, muscle weakness, stupor, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, paralysis, and coma.


How Can I Reduce the Number of Mosquitoes Around My Home?

Mosquitoes are most active between dusk and dawn when the air is calm. Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use, since some mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Remove leaf debris, used tires, tin can, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers.


Some Techniques to Protect Yourself

Wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time.

Consider using a mosquito repellent when it is necessary to be outdoors at times when mosquitoes are most active. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label.

 

 

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Further Reading

Zika Updates

NYSDOH West Nile Virus Info

CDC West Nile Virus Info


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Clinton County Health Department
Environmental Health & Safety Division
(518) 565-4870  

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MENU
menu

Mosquito InformationMosquitoes

Mosquitoes are small flying insects that feed on human and animal blood or plant juices.

Though most mosquitoes do not transmit diseases, several mosquito species have been linked to carrying West Nile virus, an infection that can cause serious illness. There are about 70 different species of mosquitoes in New York State, but only certain species have been associated with West Nile virus. 


What are the Symptoms of West Nile Virus?

It is estimated that 20% of the people who become infected will develop West Nile fever: mild symptoms include fever, headache, and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash and swollen lymph glands. In many individuals, these symptoms are so mild that they go unnoticed or undetected.

The symptoms of severe infection (West Nile encephalitis or meningitis) can include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, muscle weakness, stupor, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, paralysis, and coma.


How Can I Reduce the Number of Mosquitoes Around My Home?

Mosquitoes are most active between dusk and dawn when the air is calm. Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use, since some mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Remove leaf debris, used tires, tin can, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers.


Some Techniques to Protect Yourself

Wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time.

Consider using a mosquito repellent when it is necessary to be outdoors at times when mosquitoes are most active. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label.

 

 

INFO BAR


Further Reading

Zika Updates

NYSDOH West Nile Virus Info

CDC West Nile Virus Info


Contact Us
Clinton County Health Department
Environmental Health & Safety Division
(518) 565-4870  

  ATUPA