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State announces first positive sample of West Nile for 2018

State announces first positive sample of West Nile for 2018

Furthermore, the province says people can reduce the number of mosquitos around the home by reducing eliminating standing water.

West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne virus that causes encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and meningitis (inflammation of the tissues that cover the brain and spinal cord). The virus is most commonly spread to people by mosquito bites. To prevent mosquito bites, wear long sleeves and long trousers when out from dusk until dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

Using insect repellent registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (such as one containing DEET).

Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.

Dress with long sleeves, pants, and a hat when mosquitoes are present.




West Nile virus is often first detected in late June, Deputy State Epidemiologist Catherine Brown said.

The Benton-Franklin Heath District works with local mosquito control districts and other partners to help monitor for the virus.

WNV is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Up to 20 percent of the people who show mild symptoms will have flu-like symptoms and may sometimes experience swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back.

"No vaccine or specific antiviral treatments for West Nile virus infection are available", the CDC website states. West Nile virus has been reported in people ranging from nine months to 94 years old, but more severe disease is likely in individuals over 50 years of age, or those with weak immune systems. If someone develops any of the symptoms listed above, they should see their healthcare provider for evaluation and care.


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