Arrighai says since West Nile Virus is endemic to Missouri, St. Louis city no longer tests for it “because we know it’s here.”
Cerebral malaria was the cause of death for two men from South Africa whose bodies were found at a southwest Missouri motel where they had stopped during a motorcycle trip.
The department reports St. Clair County Health Department employees collected a positive mosquito batch Tuesday in O’Fallon.
Most spraying will be done between Sunday and Thursday evenings between sunset and midnight, when mosquito activity is usually at its peak.
St. Louis County has it’s first reported case of the mosquito-carried disease called Chikungunya, though it was not contracted in the area. “There is no cause for panic, no cause for alarm,” says Dr. Faisal Khan, St. Louis County Health Department’s director of communicable disease control.
Hoping to get out in front of the problem before it arrives, St. Louis County health officials are making changes to better fend off the threat of Chikungunya. For the first time, human cases of the mosquito-borne disease have been reported in the U.S.
The Madison County Health Department says West Nile positive mosquitoes have been found in Bethalto, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon and Meadowbrook.
Mosquitoes are out in full force in the St. Louis area, but experts don’t anticipate West Nile to come around until late July.
Huge version of mosquito has been a local native for decades.
The pests and the diseases they carry can actually be worse during a drought.