State marks year's first human West Nile case

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2018

The DPH said they were the first two human cases of the CT season.

For more information about West Nile Virus, visit the Centers For Disease Control & Prevention website.

"That is why we are warning the public", an official said.

The health department is continuing a four-month surveillance program to monitor mosquito-borne diseases in Cabell County, which began in late May, conjunction with the West Virginia Office of Laboratory Studies. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water.

For less severe cases, people usually experience headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash, along with a fever, the CDC said.

Greek health authorities announced on Friday that three people had died in Athens in another outbreak of West Nile fever.

Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of developing central nervous system illness that can be fatal.

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Encephalitis is an acute inflammation or swelling of the brain because of a viral infection. People who develop any of these symptoms should see their healthcare provider immediately. "You need to take precautions".

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"But thankfully there was no neurological condition in that patient", said Sookoo. The risk is greatest during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active.

Wear shoes, socks, long trousers, and long-sleeved shirts. Wearing light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks and a hat is recommended, as is using insect repellent containing DEET or Icaridin. Most notably, they swarm your house and can breed in just a few drops of water.

Health officials say West Nile Virus has been found in some mosquitoes in Perth County.

They also recommended keeping your skin covered.

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