Monroe County's first West Nile case of 2018 confirmed

Frederick Owens
August 26, 2018

Louisiana reports there have been 31 residents with risky nervous system infections and 13 cases of flu-like West Nile fever.

Health officials say so far this summer, the virus has been found in 30 different mosquito groups in Salt Lake County alone.

Southern Idaho health officials have confirmed the first case of human West Nile Virus in Lincoln County on Tuesday.

Overall, the CDC said, 45 states and the District of Columbia have reported the virus in people, birds or mosquitoes this year. To help prevent the mosquito population from growing- be sure to dump out any standing water in your yard such as bird baths or flower pots.

West Nile usually spreads between birds and mosquitos, and some Canadians have caught the virus from mosquito bites.

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Wear loose-fitting clothes with long sleeves and trousers. Bug repellents containing DEET or Icaridin should be used on anyone over two years of age. Less than one per cent of infected individuals will develop meningitis or encephalitis.

Most people bitten by an infected mosquito will have no symptoms, while about 20 percent develop a mild flu-like illness. Eight of these cases occurred in Dane County, which was the highest number ever reported in the county.

Officials are urging horse owners to ensure their animal's vaccine and boosters are up to date.

There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus other than to treat symptoms.

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