First human case of West Nile virus detected in Utah County

Three Western Nevada horses have tested positive for West Nile virus over the past two weeks, the Nevada Department of Agriculture confirmed on Thursday, Aug. 17.

The county Health Services Agency did not say where the two individuals live.

In 2017, West Nile virus has been detected in the following counties: Adams, Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union, Washington, Westmoreland, and York.

According to Medu, the best thing people can do to avoid contracting the virus is to prevent mosquitos breeding, as well as mosquito bites. "It's important to watch where infected birds are and where they are migrating to". "I urge all Hoosiers to take precautions against mosquito bites, which will protect against West Nile and other viruses transmitted by mosquitoes". Stagnant water is where most mosquitoes breed.

Fewer than 1 percent suffer from the life-threatening neurological form and may have long-term disabilities.

"People over the age of 50 are more likely to develop serious symptoms of WNV".

Report dead birds and tree squirrels to the State West Nile Virus hotline at (877) WNV-BIRD (877-968-2473) or online at www.westnile.ca.gov. Wear gloves and place the dead bird or squirrel in a double plastic bag if you dispose of it yourself.

West Nile can cause symptoms like fever, headaches, body aches and rashes. In the neuroinvasive forms, patients can suffer severe and sometimes long-term symptoms.

With continued rainfall around New Mexico, mosquito populations are expected to grow and potentially create more cases of West Nile virus in both people and in horses. Other dead birds testing positive for the virus have been found near W. Tuolumne and Crows Landing roads, and Jennings and W. Taylor roads.

Animals associated with West Nile virus in OH include birds, horses, and mosquitoes. Seasonal outbreaks often occur in local areas that can vary from year to year. "Typically, August is when we start seeing human cases". The CDC reported higher number of cases during periods of abnormally high temperatures.

Use and reapply repellent as recommended on the label. "There are still a lot of water sources in people's backyards that have not been emptied out".

Vanessa Coleman

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