DEP reports first human case of West Nile Virus


DEP reports first human case of West Nile Virus

The West Nile Virus has also been discovered in Southern Georgia this year.

Clay County Mosquito Control reports its most recent mosquito samplings have tested negative for the West Nile Virus. This type of protection may be necessary for people who must work in areas where mosquitoes are present.

On July 18, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health collected two samples of mosquitos from the southeast corner of town.

Mosquitoes that transmit West Nile Virus are most active at dawn and dusk. No humans have been affected by the virus-borne mosquitoes.

Those with severe cases are hospitalized and receive supportive care such as intravenous fluids and respiratory treatment.

The Center for Disease Control states some symptoms of the West Nile Virus as muscle weakness, body aches, vision loss, and vomiting. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] or IR3535 according to the instructions on the product label.

Clothing - Wear shoes, socks, and long trousers and long-sleeves.

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

Clean rain gutters to allow water to flow freely. People over 50 and those with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable to the disease and are more likely to experience serious consequences. "As our program is responding with increased surveillance and control efforts throughout the area, residents are strongly encouraged to take appropriate measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites", said Rebecca Brandt, Bay County Mosquito Control Manager. The city is urging people to close their windows and keep pets inside during and 20 minutes after the spraying, though exposure to the chemicals used isn't thought to cause health problems.



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