Fairfax County resident infected with West Nile Virus, health officials say

According to the Fairfax County Health Department, an adult resident living in the northeastern part of Fairfax County was hospitalized from the virus. According to World Health Organisation, there is one reported case of transplacental (mother-to-child) WNV transmission.

The person with the first human case of West Nile Virus to be identified in Manitoba this year is a child.

Going into the long weekend, the province is reminding people that warm and dry conditions have been ideal for the breed of mosquito that carries West Nile, the culex tarsalis.

The health department said there has been a large increase of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus across the county, which is happening earlier this summer compared to prior years.

Maryland's Department of Agriculture said it found the virus in mosquitoes collected in the Riverdale Park area of Prince George's County. The virus may also be transmitted through contact with other infected animals, their blood, or other tissues.

In a very few cases, West Nile fever leads to encephalitis or meningitis with associated neck stiffness, confusion, or seizures. The deadly disease, which can cause serious neurological diseases in humans, was confirmed after samples sent from here tested positive at the National Institute of Virology, Pune.

In Maryland, there were five reported cases of West Nile past year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Less than 1 percent of those people contracting the virus will develop severe symptoms. Anyone who thinks they may be infected should see a doctor immediately, officials said.

To reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard, be sure to remove any standing water from items such as pots, hot tubs, pools, buckets or wheelbarrows.

Vanessa Coleman

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