Thursday, 18 October, 2018

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

West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Perth County traps First West Nile death of 2018 in Dallas County reported, officials confirm
Delia Stanley | 11 August, 2018, 11:42

For their part, SC DHEC says the only reported case of West Nile in South Carolina this year has been in the Pee Dee region after a person became sick with the virus. "There has been one human case already this year". About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as a headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash.

Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, birdbaths, old auto tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.

"We always recommend wearing long sleeves and long trousers".

∫ Remove standing water and water-holding containers from around your home and property. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to humans and other animals when they bite.

Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and during the early-morning hours. Signs of infection in horses include fever (although not always with WNV), anorexia, head pressing, depression or personality change, wobbling or staggering, weakness, blindness, convulsions, muscle spasms in the head and neck, or hind-limb weakness.

The disease, which has infected more than 150 people in the past six years, is on track to pose an unusually higher-than-normal risk this year and is widespread throughout the commonwealth, having already been found in 51 Pennsylvania counties as of August 1, including Dauphin. Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions. The virus is life-threatening for the elderly. Between May and September of 2017, Ada County officials confirmed that 73 pools of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile.

Earlier this month, DNREC's Mosquito Control Section found Delaware's first EEE-positive sentinel chicken for 2018 in a station in Sussex County.

The best defense against WNV is bite prevention. More than 46,068 West Nile virus (WNV) cases and 2,018 deaths have been reported through 2016.

"There is no direct treatment for the virus in horses, but vaccination is highly effective in preventing disease".

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