Monday, 22 October, 2018

Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in St. Louis County

The first human case of West Nile Virus is here and it's a reminder that each year all Mississippians need to act fast to protect themselves from the disease Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Winnebago County
Ben Pena | 22 July, 2018, 23:10

WNV was detected in the first wild bird collected and tested by Mosquito Control this year, a crow found June 29 in southwestern Sussex County, and reported as WNV-positive July 5 by the Public Health Laboratory.

The State Mosquito Management Program today urged CT residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases.

The individual, who lived in the southeastern part of the state is the first person to die from the virus in North Carolina this year.

"These infections are rare, but this is a tragic reminder that they can be fatal", said Carl Williams, the state's Public Health veterinarian, in a statement.

WNV cycles between wild birds and mosquitoes.

Symptoms of a West Nile virus infection include headaches, fevers and nausea. Approximately one in 150 people who catch the virus develop symptoms such as encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, and meningitis, which is swelling of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord.

In North Carolina between 2012 and 2017, 25 people had the virus affect their central nervous system. So far in 2018, no positive human cases have been reported.

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They advise to wear insect repellent containing DEET, drain standing water and wear appropriate clothing.

West Nile virus is spread to people through mosquito bites; it is not spread person to person. Mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus are more likely to bite during the evening, night, and early morning.

County officials recommends residents prevent mosquito breeding by removing or regularly cleaning items outside homes that can hold standing water, including plant saucers, rain gutters, buckets, garbage cans, toys, old tires and wheelbarrows.

The Department of Health offers more tips to control the mosquito population.

Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.

Use an EPA-registered mosquito repellent and apply according to the manufacturer's instructions.

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