Mosquitos test positive for West Nile Virus in Jefferson County

The bugs collected on Sept. 5 in Hillsboro, as well as the surrounding area, tested positive for the disease which can cause neurological disease and death. 

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September 05, 2019 - 4:05 pm
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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) - Adult mosquitoes collected from Hillsboro tested positive for the West Nile Virus, according to the Jefferson County Health Department (JCHD). 

The bugs collected on Sept. 5 in Hillsboro, as well as the surrounding area, tested positive for the disease which can cause neurological disease and death. 

Residents in that area should remain diligent in protecting themselves and their families from mosquitoes by using insect repellents that contain 20% - 50% DEET or Picaridin and whenever possible wear clothes that cover exposed skin to reduce the risk of being bitten.

JCHD’s Mosquito Control and Surveillance program will continue to monitor mosquitoes for the West Nile Virus throughout the county.

For more information about the JCHD Mosquito Control and Surveillance Program, preventing mosquito-spread diseases, or mosquito control, please contact the Jefferson County Health Department Vector Control and Surveillance Program at 636-797-3737, ext. 170.

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