Confirmed Cases of Mosquito-borne Diseases in South Georgia

Frederick Owens
August 24, 2017

Usually little more than a nuisance, certain mosquitos can carry the more serious risk of West Nile virus.

According to a Logan City press release, the Bear River Health Department recommends Cache Valley residents apply DEET mosquito repellent and wear long sleeves and trousers from dusk till dawn.

The Public Health Agency of Canada estimates that an additional 18,000 to 27,000 human cases may have occurred and gone unreported, since most West Nile cases are asymptomatic.

In 2016, MS had 43 West Nile Virus cases and two deaths.

A woman from southeast Boise has contracted the West Nile virus, according to the Central District Health Department.

Approximately 80 percent of people who are infected with WNV will not show any symptoms at all, but there is no way to know in advance if you will develop an illness or not. Persons also at greater risk are those with cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and organ transplants recipients.

West Nile Virus was originally identified in 1937 from the blood of a woman living in the West Nile district of Uganda.

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The Lexington Fayette Health Department has confirmed its first case of West Nile virus for 2017 in a local resident.

Public health officials in several southern Ontario regions have already warned residents about the presence of the virus this summer alone.

Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection.

DRESS APPROPRIATELY-Wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and socks.

The elimination of standing water can help prevent issues with mosquitoes.

Reduce exposure to mosquitoes-avoid mosquito bites by limiting outdoor activities during the times of high mosquito activity at dusk and dawn.

Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside.

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