West Nile Virus found at Buena Vista Lake

Staff Writer
Taft Midway Driller
Taft Midway Driller

For the second time in less than a week West Nile Virus has been discovered on the Westside.

This time its the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area.

The West Side Mosquito and Vector Control District said Monday mosquito samples taken from the lake have tested positive for WNV.

Late last week mosquitos carrying WNV were found on Green Street in Maricopa.

District personnel are taking steps to treat the area.

"If you are camping or engaging in other outdoor activities please be aware of the presence of mosquitos," the district said in a news release.

The greatest danger is at night since mosquitos are most active between dawn and dusk.

The district is recommending people take precautions by using insect repellants containing DEET. People should also wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants.

People should also use screens to cover doors, windows and tents.

Most people who are infected don't suffer any effects, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

About 20 percent feel some symptoms.

"About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash, according to the CDC website. "Most people with this type of West Nile virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months."

A very small number of people suffer severe symptoms, including meningitis.