West Nile Virus Found in Portage Co


West Nile Virus Found in Portage Co

The case in a Nassau County resident means that area remains under a mosquito-borne illness advisory issued in June following confirmation of Eastern equine encephalitis virus infections in horses there, health officials said.

A resident of Dane County is the first person confirmed infected with the virus in the state in 2018.

The health authority says no human cases have been reported and no positive mosquito pools have been identified.

Most people who become infected with WNV will not develop any symptoms of illness. Symptoms of the virus include fever and chills, and it can lead to serious complications.

This includes covering up during outings to include light-coloured clothing (long-sleeved shirts, jackets, long trousers, hats and socks), particularly between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. View the HealthLinkBC file on DEET (http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile96.stm) for guidelines on how frequently to apply repellent.

-Remove: Eliminate opportunities for mosquitoes to breed outside your home in pools of standing water.

Overall, the CDC said, 45 states and the District of Columbia have reported the virus in people, birds or mosquitoes this year.

Get rid of old tires and other containers where water can accumulate and serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. They say mosquitoes remain active even during the fall months.

Wear loose-fitting clothes with long sleeves and trousers. Owners should also speak with their veterinarian about mosquito repellents approved for use in animals and vaccinations to prevent WNV and EEE.

¯ Tuck pant bottoms into sock tops to keep mosquitoes from getting under clothing.

Stressing that "public health is in danger", Giorgos Patoulis, who is president of Greece's Union of Municipalities and Communities (KEDE), called for a national action plan. For more information about West Nile Virus, call the health unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext.



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