Published: Sun, September 02, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Ottawa County resident contracts West Nile virus

Ottawa County resident contracts West Nile virus

The first confirmed case of West Nile in Harrison County was reported Monday.

The virus had already been found earlier this month in Kitchener.

Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle ache.

And according to the State Department of Health, there are seven West Nile cases and at least one death reported in Georgia.

And so far this year in DE two cases of West Nile have been found in humans.

"Residents are strongly urged to take steps to protect themselves, their loved ones, and pets from mosquito bites", the health commission said.

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According to the health unit, about 80 per cent of people who become infected won't show symptoms. Most people fully recover, but for some, it can develop into a severe illness that affects the central nervous system. MA residents are also being asked to treat large pools of water on their property with larvicide and to dump any standing water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

To prevent catching West Nile, you should take measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

To protect your home, use screens on doors, windows and fix holes.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has monitored the spread of West Nile virus since 2001 among wild birds, horses, mosquitoes, and people.

Eliminate all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, such as old tires, buckets and other receptacles, or refresh the water in bird baths, flowerpots and wading pools every couple days. In addition to West Nile virus, Tennessee has seen six cases of La Crosse encephalitis in children so far this year. 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.

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