West Nile Virus in the USA - Dallas Reports 3rd Human Case

For the second time this summer West Nile Virus has made an appearance in Lambton County

For the second time this summer West Nile Virus has made an appearance in Lambton County

So far, 6 humans have already tested positive for the virus in Louisiana this year while no West Nile infected cases have been reported in Orleans Parish and Jefferson.

Throughout the summer months, public health traps and tests mosquito pools across Oxford County on a weekly basis.

Four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms, but, in rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur.

The Central Connecticut Health District saids they have found virus-infected mosquitoes in Wethersfield.

The mosquitoes that can spread WNV are called Culex quinquefasciatus or the "Southern House" mosquito and can grow to adults in as few as 7 days. Heightened concerns over possible transmission to humans from both viruses, will continue into mid-October, until cooler temperatures start to significantly slow down both mosquito and virus activity. The most common symptoms of Zika are rash, fever, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). "The outbreak occurred in an area including two global airports".

DUSK and DAWN-This is when mosquitoes are most active.

-Apply insect repellent to clothing as well as exposed skin since mosquitoes may bite through clothing.

For containers without lids or that are too big for the Tip 'n Toss method (garden pools, etc.), use larvicides such as Mosquito Dunks© or Mosquito Torpedoes© and follow the label instructions.

WNV can cause mild to serious illness. These patients report headaches, a stiff neck, disorientation, weakness and depression. "Work with your veterinarian to determine if your horse could still benefit from vaccination".

As of Wednesday, North Dakota reported 18 human WNV cases, up 14 cases since July 30.

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