Monday, 10 December, 2018

Health department says mosquitoes with West Nile virus found in Kentucky

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Johnnie Parks | 03 August, 2018, 21:29

The West Nile Virus has been detected in numerous states, including New York, California and Texas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Health officials in Fairfax County, Virginia, have confirmed the first case of West Nile virus in a county resident this year.

Most people who are bitten by an infected mosquito either have no symptoms or have temporary, flu-like symptoms while others contract a much more severe illness.

Despite the low numbers of nuisance mosquitoes this summer, the numbers of infected Culex tarsalis continue to increase. Another person with similar symptoms is under observation. A very small proportion of human infections have occurred through organ transplant, blood transfusions and breast milk. Symptoms can include muscle aches, headache and fever.

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The most vulnerable to the virus are people age 50 and older and those who have weakened immune systems because of diseases such as diabetes and cancer.

Overall, 39 cases of West Nile have been reported in humans as of July 24. There were no reported cases of West Nile in the county a year ago. Of those, 23 cases involved meningitis or encephalitis.

"However, this can change from week to week and we urge people to protect themselves and do their part to reduce the spread of mosquito populations in their neighbourhoods and communities by removing standing water". Manitobans are urged to protect themselves by staying indoors during dusk and dawn, using mosquito repellent, and wearing white, long-sleeved shirts and trousers instead of shorts. Drain any standing water in your yard each week.

Be sure to check screens for holes and run the air conditioner when you can.

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