Tulsa health department’s mosquito surveillance program detects mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus

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“We begin our surveillance program in early May with the goal is to catch potential West Nile positive mosquitoes as early as possible,” said Scott Meador, vector control program coordinator. “Our mosquito surveillance program recently implemented new testing guidelines and has adjusted the initiation date of surveillance and testing. THD is prepared to take action in the affected areas as soon as weather conditions allow which includes informing the public so they can protect themselves. Finding a positive test this early is no indicator of how prevalent West Nile virus will be this season.”West Nile virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito, which feeds on infected birds and then transmits the virus when biting humans, horses, and some other mammals. Symptoms of WNV include sudden onset of fever, headache, dizziness and muscle weakness.

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