West Nile Virus found in Vigo County

2018 Brookings Register

2018 Brookings Register

About 80 per cent of people infected with the virus don't have symptoms, it says.

If transmitted to humans West Nile can cause hospitalization and in some cases death.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced that West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Worcester and that the risk level remains at moderate. "All residents of Lake County should get in the habit of taking precautions against mosquito bites while mosquitoes are active". Common symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph nodes.

It is the first reported case of West Nile in the Sarasota area this year, according to Sarasotas Mosquito Management Services. "We are fortunate to have had only a few cases of human illness, but finding the virus in mosquitoes is a reminder that we must take precautions throughout the WNV season".

According to Ashlyn Becton, the City of Valdosta uses every resource available to protect its citizens from mosquito-borne diseases through a Public Works operated spraying and larvicide program, a joint surveillance program with Valdosta State University and Lowndes County, and through public education.

There is no treatment for WNV infections - only severe infections require hospitalization. Most people who are infected will have no symptoms or only mild flu-like symptoms.

Use a mosquito repellent (bug spray) containing DEET or Icaridin.

Remove standing water on your property at least once a week.

Clothing - Wear shoes, socks, and long trousers and long-sleeves. Check rain gutters and drains.

Hamilton County Public Health is urging resident to drain standing water and use mosquito larvicide on areas of standing water that can not be drained. People over 50 and those with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable to the disease and are more likely to experience serious consequences.

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