Published: Sat, August 17, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

West Nile human infection confirmed in SW Ga

West Nile human infection confirmed in SW Ga

"We are urging the public to use precautions against mosquito bites while attending outdoor events", Hector Gomez, Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Department administrator, said.

You can find more information about the symptoms of West Nile Virus at the Centers for Disease Control.

In 2017 two mosquitos were found to be positive, one for West Nile Virus and one for St. Louis Encephalitis Virus.

Baldry says past year there were 47 symptomatic human cases of West Nile virus in Montana.

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Viruses are transmitted from person to person through an infected mosquito bite - a mosquito bites someone infected with the virus and becomes infected itself, then bites healthy people and infects them.

Trim tall grass, weeds, and vines to discourage mosquitoes. According to a news release, the finding August 13 was the first positive mosquito test for the virus collected by the health department in 2019.

WNV is usually contracted from the bite of an infected mosquito; it is not spread from person-to-person through casual contact. Infection can result in severe illness, especially in people 50 and older. "There is no cure and no vaccine available for people, so citizens should protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites", said Tarte. "This includes wearing insect repellent and protective clothing in addition to reducing standing water around our gardens and homes where mosquitoes can lay their eggs". "New Hanover County Health Department will continue proactive surveillance and control activities to identify mosquito-borne illnesses in an effort to protect our citizens and visitors of the county". The risk of WNV remains until the first hard frost.

Ruis added that 80 percent of the people infected with West Nile Virus experience no symptoms. Patients may also present with symptoms compatible with West Nile, including: fever, maculopapular rash, headache, fatigue, weakness, joint and muscle pain as well as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The symptoms of neurologic illness can include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures, or paralysis.

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