Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Vermont, NH mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

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Ben Pena | 28 July, 2018, 12:56

The state Department of Health recently reported the first human cases of West Nile virus for this year. Fortunately, most infected people do not have symptoms, but about one in five people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms.

The health district was notified Monday by the Ohio Department of Health that one of the mosquitoes tested from one of the local health district's traps was confirmed positive for carrying West Nile virus.

Despite the positive blood donations, Dr. Clayton says there have been no reported human cases of West Nile Virus in South Dakota yet this summer.

Residents are encouraged to check the Personal Protection Index on the Health Department's website at dupagehealth.org/WestNileVirus/PPI for up-to-date information on West Nile virus activity.

West Nile Fever: A milder viral infection in which people experience flu-like symptoms.

Serious illness associated with virus is rare, but can include central nervous system disorders including encephalitis and/or meningitis. He said on July 17th they found mosquitos positive for West Nile at three locations.

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Still, people can help by making sure there is no standing water around their residences to serve as breeding sites for mosquitoes. The virus was first identified in the state in 2000.

No human cases have been reported in the parish, but Bragg urges all residents to continue protecting themselves from being bitten.

So how do you protect yourself from contracting the virus- wear lighter clothes and don't be out from dusk til dawn- this is when you have the highest chance to contract West Nile.

The officials said the bite of an infected mosquito transferred this virus.

Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed around the house so adult mosquitoes can not hide there.

DEET - Use insect repellents that contain DEET when outdoors.

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