Published: Wed, August 22, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

DE reports second human case of West Nile Virus | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

DE reports second human case of West Nile Virus | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Officials recommend using insect repellent containing DEET; wearing loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and trousers to reduce exposed skin; limiting time outdoors; and using screens on doors and windows. "Move indoors if you are getting bitten".

- Health officials are investigating a reported case of West Nile Virus in Gwinnett County.

People older than 50 or those with compromised immune systems are at higher risk of severe illness from the virus. Clinical signs for WNV include flu-like symptoms, where the horse seems mildly anorexic and depressed. "Mosquitoes carry many diseases that can cause serious illnesses", said Dr. desVignes-Kendrick, local health authority and director of Health and Human Services.

"We are urging the public to use precautions against mosquito bites while attending outdoor events".

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Of the 351 cities and towns in MA, 162 communities are already considered to be at moderate risk for West Nile virus. Follow label instructions, and always wear repellent when outdoors. "People can afford themselves a level of protection by draining anything around the home that holds water, as well as preventing exposure to bites". Check rain gutters and drains.

The Wisconsin Division of Public Health will continue surveillance for West Nile virus until the end of the mosquito season. Fix or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Standing water, often seen in birdbaths and flowerpots, are breeding grounds for mosquitoes and should be emptied regularly. Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

Base officials say there are no known or suspected cases of the virus in humans or animals.

According to protocol from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Knox County Health Department will spray in these areas on Thursday, August 23 between 8:30 p.m. and 2 reduce the mosquito population.

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