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West Nile virus found at 6 mosquito-checking sites in Naperville

West Nile virus found at 6 mosquito-checking sites in Naperville

According to St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Abatement District, a confirmed case of West Nile Virus was diagnosed in northern Covington.

"West Nile is a serious illness spread by mosquitoes in Los Angeles County", said Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, the county's interim health officer, in a statement Thursday.

Health officials say not everyone who is bitten by an infected mosquito will show symptoms of the virus.

The one known victim is a man from Crete, Casey said. The clinical signs of WNV are consistent with other important neurological diseases such as equine encephalitis, rabies, and equine herpes virus; therefore it is important to work with your veterinarian to get an accurate diagnosis through laboratory testing. Horses that do become ill can display a loss of coordination and appetite along with confusion, fever, stiffness and muscle weakness, particularly in their hindquarters.




He urged county residents to use the Personal Protection Index available at dupagehealth.org, which alerts the public to the current West Nile virus risk level and offers information on precautions that can be taken for protection, Bolger said in a news release. Of those, seven horses died or were euthanized. Spokane County had eight cases, the most of any county in the state. Since then there have been four human cases - all in the Okanagan.

Spring is the best time to vaccinate horses, but vaccines can still be effective now.

Hancock Public Health recommends eliminating standing water, limiting outside activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, using insect repellent containing DEET and wearing loose, light-colored clothing.

Maintain neglected swimming pools.


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