Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Medicine | By Edmund Robinson

West Nile cases increase

West Nile cases increase

The department has not confirmed any cases of the virus in humans within Tuscarawas County.

Most people infected with West Nile Virus do not have any signs or symptoms. "The sickness can become quite serious in some people, and those age 50 or older are at the higher risk".

"People should be aware of the increase in mosquitoes spreading West Nile virus and take proper precautions to protect themselves from bites", said Jenny Galbraith, epidemiologist with the NDDoH, said in a statement.

The best defense against WNV is bite prevention.

DRESS APPROPRIATELY-Wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and socks.

-Limit time spent outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions.

Nine deaths related to the West Nile Virus have been reported in Serbia since the beginning of the mosquito season, four of which occurred in the past week, the Institute of Public Health of Serbia stated in a press release on Tuesday.

Nineteen municipalities this year, including Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury and Bridgeport, have had mosquitoes that tested positive. The department's anti-mosquito campaign is dubbed "Fight the Bite". A blood or cerebrospinal fluid sample may be collected for laboratory testing.

Other mosquito-borne diseases that could occur in DE include chikungunya, which while rarely fatal, may result in severe and debilitating symptoms, including fever and joint pain, and Zika.

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Eighty percent of people infected with the virus have no symptoms, while 20 percent report a flu-like state. Heightened concerns over possible transmission to humans from both viruses, will continue into mid-October, until cooler temperatures start to significantly slow down both mosquito and virus activity. They also include encephalitis, dengue, and yellow fever. Severe WNV infections can cause neurologic complications such as encephalitis.

"It doesn't take much for several hundred mosquitoes to be born".

As of Wednesday, North Dakota reported 18 human WNV cases, up 14 cases since July 30.

There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus infection, and care is based on symptoms.

West Nile is spread through mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds.

According to the New York City website, "The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) uses larvicides and pesticides to control mosquitoes".

18 people have been diagnosed along with a horse and 10 birds. "The outbreak occurred in an area including two worldwide airports". Mosquitoes in DE can also carry viruses that may result in death, including Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), which can cause brain inflammation and be fatal to humans and horses, and dengue virus.

"Dogs and cats don't seem to be affected", she said.

Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext.

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