Published: Thu, July 26, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

OH man tests positive for West Nile virus

OH man tests positive for West Nile virus

Most cases of West Nile virus in the United States occur June through September.

A mosquito taken from samplings collected in the Keystone Heights area has tested positive for West Nile virus.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports its second human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in 2018.

The spraying is meant to kill adult mosquitoes in an area where sampling has shown the insects carry the West Nile virus. There were 34 human West Nile virus cases, including five deaths, reported In Ohio a year ago.

The MSDH urges folks to use mosquito repellent with the ingredient, DEET when outdoors. Symptoms of these infections include a severe headache, high fever, muscle weakness, neck stiffness, paralysis, possible confusion and disorientation, tremors, and even a coma.

Mosquitoes need very little water to breed. The elderly and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk.

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As mosquitoes use water to lay eggs and reproduce, health officials recommend draining or reducing standing water amounts, such as in pools, containers, rain downspouts, and so on. Aedes aegypti is not found in CT but a related species, Aedes albopictus, has been identified in the southwestern area of the state and it is also considered capable of transmission of the Zika virus.

And, as we are in the dog days of summer, we should expect to see West Nile virus activity increase. Many people may not realize they have been infected.

More information on the prevention of mosquito bites is available on the Division of Public Health's website and through the CDC.

Fix holes in screens and attach properly to windows. Dunks can be picked up at the Health Department during normal business hours, Monday - Friday, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The pesticide being used is Zenivex, and it is not harmful to humans or pets, the health department said.

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