Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Minnesota Health Department Confirms West Nile Cases

Minnesota Health Department Confirms West Nile Cases

The remaining 157 mosquito samples from 39 traps set on July 30 have tested negative for WNV and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).

Mosquitoes tested at various locations, including Hartford's Keney Park, have tested positive for the West Nile Virus this year.

The first two human cases of West Nile virus have been reported.

The mosquitoes can then spread the virus to animals and humans. Here's a guide from the CDC.

Health unit staff recommend the usual precautions against mosquito bites as the best defence against contracting the virus.

To protect yourself from the disease, experts recommend wearing insect repellent, avoid going outside between dawn and dusk which are peak mosquito feeding times, and to wear loose clothing.

Residents are encouraged to remove any items that can hold water, which can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

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Landscape to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas.

Change water in bird baths on a weekly basis.

Drain: Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water.

"This is the first direct evidence of West Nile activity in our area this summer", reads a release from Hastings Prince Edward Public Health. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms. Symptoms of these diseases might include headache, rash, high fever, stiff neck, mental confusion, muscle weakness, tremors, convulsions, coma, and paralysis.

Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of developing central nervous system illness that can be fatal.

An outbreak of West Nile virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, has left three people dead in northeast Italy in recent days, the local health authority said Friday.

Health officials say the virus has been detected in 169 mosquito samples from across the state. West Nile virus infections in humans have been reported from June through October; however, most reported becoming ill with West Nile virus in August and September. Last year, three CT residents were diagnosed with WNV infection.

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