Year's first human case of West Nile virus reported

16 July, 2018, 05:29 | Author: Sherman Richardson
  • West Nile is transmitted by the Southern house mosquito

The first case past year was recorded in late June. "We are hoping this early virus detection does not foreshadow abnormal mosquito-borne disease activity later in the year". "Most of the cases occur in July, August and September going into October".

Most people who become infected with the virus do not develop any symptoms, according to the CDC.

There are no vaccines for the West Nile virus but only 20 percent of people show mild symptoms that can include fever and body aches. But in a few cases, infection can result in encephalitis or meningitis, leading to paralysis, coma or even death. It can be a rash.

Some with severe symptoms may have to go to the hospital.

Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.

Wear loose, light-colored clothing to cover the arms and legs when outdoors.

Remove all sources of standing water around your home and yard to prevent mosquito breeding.

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Mosquitoes with West Nile virus have been found in Monroe County.

"Anything that they have that can hold water, dump it out, birdbaths, old tires, flowerpots", said Starkville Street Department Foreman Tony Sykes.

Sykes said his crew had been called to spray less than normal so far. "It's usually more, but they haven't been calling this year".

Since 2005, 63 people in Contra Costa County have been diagnosed with West Nile virus.

Effective EEE and West Nile vaccines are available for horses through veterinarians, according to the Delaware Department of Agriculture's State Veterinarian's Office.

The District urges county residents to use precautions to prevent mosquito bites as hot weather accelerates mosquito development and virus growth and may put residents at higher risk of mosquito-borne disease.

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