More West Nile Virus Detected in Antioch and Discovery Bay

26 August, 2017, 01:27 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • West Nile

True North Radio Network reports that there were 43 serious illnesses and three deaths linked to West Nile Virus in MI.

According to the Oregon Health Authority, there have been 45 positive tests for West Nile in mosquitoes statewide, including 15 in Morrow County, 21 in Malheur County, six in Baker County and three in Umatilla County.

The West Nile Virus outbreaks in MI have been occurring since 2002.

All cases have occurred in adults.

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Mild symptoms include fever, headache, body aches and a possible rash.

Since 2000, a total of 131 human cases of West Nile have been diagnosed in CT residents, and three people have died.

To repel mosquitoes, wear shoes, socks, trousers and long-sleeved shirts when outdoors and use a repellent which includes DEET, IR-3535, lemon eucalyptus oil or picaridin. To optimize safety and effectiveness, repellents should be used according to the label instructions. Researchers say that West Nile virus first arrived in Ontario in 2001 and has since spread throughout most of the province.

Wear loose, light-colored, long clothing to cover the arms and legs when outdoors.

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In addition, residents are reminded to remove any standing water on their property in which mosquitoes may breed.

To reduce the number of and the exposure to mosquitoes, ensure window and door screens fit well, are in good condition and remain closed. For patients who have a severe infection, they need to be hospitalized to have supportive treatment like pain medication, intravenous fluids, and nursing care.

"We've had West Nile Virus found in all of the traps, so we know its around so if you don't want to get it you will want to avoid mosquito exposure,"Kalas said". These symptoms may last several weeks and neurological effects may be permanent. Trapped mosquitos are tested for the virus, along with Zika and St. Louis encephalitis. "It may be 10 to 20 percent who get infected [who] may experience signs and symptoms".

No mosquito samples in June and July tested positive for West Nile, the Health Department said.

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