Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Suffolk Health Commissioner Reports First Human Case of West Nile Virus

Suffolk Health Commissioner Reports First Human Case of West Nile Virus

(Undated) - Three human cases of West Nile virus have been diagnosed in northern Kentucky.

Another 22 are now receiving treatment in hospital, including 12 in intensive care units, KEELPNO data revealed. Horses, humans and some species of birds are the most susceptible to West Nile Virus but dogs and cats can become infected.

This after laboratory results confirmed a positive human case of West Nile virus in the county. "Neighboring states have reported cases in humans, including one in ME and four in MA". Additionally, West Nile virus season in Nebraska has also contributed to four deaths, a high nationwide. Only about 20 percent of those infected experience symptoms, which are generally flu-like, such as fever and muscle weakness.

Locally, the health unit's surveillance program has shown that West Nile virus activity remains within local and historical norms. Individuals are strongly encouraged to practice proper mosquito prevention anytime mosquitoes are present or likely to be present no matter where they are to decrease their chances of acquiring a mosquito-borne illness.

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Currently, the best chances for rain and wind in our area would be Sunday afternoon or Monday, according to NWS officials. The agency is also monitoring a tropical disturbance that has a 60 percent chance of forming a tropical storm.

Wear proper clothing and repellent if going outdoors in mosquito-prone areas, especially in the early morning and evening in the Washoe County area.

Dusk and dawn are times when mosquitoes are most active.

Another helpful step is getting rid of areas of standing water around homes and in the community.

For more information on mosquito- and tick-transmitted diseases in Iowa, visit this site.

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