Mosquito tests positive for West Nile Virus in Brunswick County
Bolivia, NC (WWAY) — A pool of mosquitoes collected in Brunswick County last week tested positive for West Nile Virus.
Brunswick County says the mosquitoes were collected in central Brunswick County on August 28.
The county says the type of mosquitoes collected are responsible for circulating West Nile Virus in the wild bird population and are not known to bite humans.
West Nile Virus was identified in an adult Ochlerotatus dupreei, a species that is occasionally collected in light traps in Brunswick County. According to a news release, this mosquito is considered a tree canopy mosquito and rarely leaves the deep woodland habitats.
Even so, the county urges precaution.
You’re advised to minimize exposure to mosquitoes during outside activities especially during dusk and dawn. Mosquito populations tend to be more active in wooded areas this time of year.
“We can address areas that we can access with the mosquito truck, but we cannot effectively address mosquito populations deep in the woods. This is why personal protection measures are so important to hunters and outdoorsmen,” said Jeff Brown, the Mosquito Control Supervisor for Brunswick County.
Brunswick County Health and Human Services urges residents to wear light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and long pants, avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and apply mosquito repellent.
If using repellent with DEET, make sure to follow label instructions, and keep DEET out of the eyes, mouth and nose.
If you are a horse owner, consult your veterinarian regarding proper protective vaccines for your horses and change the water in water troughs at least twice a week to discourage mosquito breeding.
For more information regarding mosquitoes or mosquito control activities in your area, please contact Brunswick County Mosquito Control Division at (910) 253-2515 or visit http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/mosquitoes/request/ to submit a mosquito control service request online.