The first case of West Nile infected mosquitoes of 2019 found in Pinal. They have not announced what part of the county the infected mosquitoes were found, but emphasized that they can be found anywhere in the county.
From the Pinalcentral.com article by Jim Headley:
The health district urges people to prevent their exposure to mosquitoes altogether by using the following guidelines:
• Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can lay their eggs. Check for items outside the home that collect water, such as cans, bottles, jars, buckets, old tires, drums and other containers and dispose of them.
• Change water in flower vases, birdbaths, planters, troughs and animal watering pans at least twice a week. Be sure to scrub them out when changing water.
• Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets, and move air conditioner drain hoses frequently to prevent standing water.
• Keep swimming pools and backyard ponds operational. If it is not used, make sure to remove the standing water, keep it chlorinated or run the filter daily.
• Keep mosquitoes outside the home by having well-fitting screens on both windows and doors.
This new find in Pinal County is in addition to the infected mosquitos found in Maricopa County so far.
A report on Fox 10 from Wednesday showed that unlike 2018, when 138 samples were positive in Maricopa County, so far in 2019 there are 240 positive samples.
More information can be found at:
West Nile virus is transmitted via mosquitos from birds, which are the reservoir hosts, to other mammal species including humans and horses, which can show clinical signs of infection.
Symptoms of West Nile virus in horses can include fever, lameness, depression, decrease in appetite and lethargy. If you see any symptoms such as these in your horses, they should be seen right away by your veterinarian.
Talk to one of our veterinarians at Herd Health Management about what vaccines are available for your horses and which would be the most appropriate for your situation.
Stay cool out there!
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