West Nile Virus sweeps America: Cases reported from coast to coast

At leat 55 outbreaks have been reported between July 27 and August 5

At leat 55 outbreaks have been reported between July 27 and August 5

The mosquito that tested positive for West Nile, came from a mosquito trap on North Market Extension in St. Clairsville, in the area near the ball fields and walking trail.

"That is why we are warning the public", an official said. They contracted the virus in late July and were hospitalized.

"The identification of two CT residents with West Nile virus associated illness that required hospitalization underscores the potential seriousness of infection", said DPH Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino in a statement.

Cases of the West Nile virus have also been reported in 2018 in Hungary, Italy, Romania, and Serbia, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

The west nile virus is "out of control" right now in Butte County, this is according to the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District. "Using insect repellent, covering bare skin and avoiding being outdoors during the hours of dusk and dawn are effective ways to help keep you from being bitten by mosquitoes". Targeted efforts have been ongoing and reduction of mosquito populations in fogged areas is ranging from 50% to 90%.

This year, West Nile has not yet been found in a Wisconsin resident.

The DPH said they were the first two human cases of the CT season.

No one has died from the disease this year. Symptoms include high fever, convulsions and muscle weakness, and the illness can put someone in a comatose state. Most infected people do not have symptoms or they may have mild symptoms including headaches, body aches and a fever.

West Nile virus is a viral infection found in birds and carried by mosquitoes which feed upon infected birds.

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