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St. Louis County officials urge residents to take precautions with mosquitoes

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KMOV.com) – Extreme heat and heavy rain are being blamed for the growing mosquito population in St. Louis and city officials are wanting residents to take precautions.

According to the Public Health Department, mosquitos can carry a variety of communicable diseases, including the West Nile Virus and Chikungunya.

“Although serious cases of local mosquito-borne illnesses in humans are rare, it is still important to minimize our expose,” said Dr. Faisal Khan, Director of the Public Health Department.   

In order to keep the mosquito population in check and reduce your chances of being bit the St. Louis County Department of Public Health asks that you follow a few suggestions including, removing all standing water, keep your gutters cleaned out, remove unkempt vegetation to eliminate breeding sites for mosquitos, and wear long-sleeved shirts with repellents containing DEET or picardin.

The Departments Vector Control Services Program regularly collects mosquito and water samples to test areas infected most. St. Louis County has not had a case of the West Nile Virus reported this year, but in 2014 the county had two. According to the Public Health Department most infected do not develop any symptoms.

Chikungunya has been reported twice and both were travel-related cases. Symptoms of Chikungunya will develop within three to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Chikungunya symptoms can be sever, but not often fatal and can only be transmitted by a mosquito bite.

If you would like more information about mosquito prevention contact the County Vector Control office at 314-615-0680 or visit the St. Louis County Department of Public Health’s site. 

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