First human case of West Nile Virus this year reported
- Author: Santos West Aug 13, 2018,
Aug 13, 2018, 4:10
During all of 2017, there was one human case reported while the total number of ZIP Codes testing positive was four.
West Nile virus can cause symptoms like fever, headache, body ache, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or rashes, said Dr. Michael Kilkenny, physician director for the Cabell County Health Department, though the disease commonly presents no symptoms in an infected person.
Given the hot summer southern Ontario has been experiencing, Miller said it does appear the virus has been off to a slower start when it comes to positive test results.
Cases of West Nile virus was registered in 2018, Hungary, Italy, Romania and Serbia, according to the European centre for the prevention and control of diseases. Officials say that 284 pools tested positive - nearly 100 more than at this time past year.
Since 1999, when the virus was first detected in CT, cases have cropped up ever year.
There have been five reported human West Nile virus cases in the province, two of which were travel related. Most notably, they swarm your house and can breed in just a few drops of water.
Turn over objects that may trap water when not in use, such as wading pools and wheelbarrows. Report swimming pools that are not being properly maintained by contacting the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District at 1-800-429-1022 or www.fightthebite.net/pool-program.
The mosquitoes themselves are most active during either dusk or dawn, just as the light is about to change.
When outdoors, wear long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt and socks. Clothing material should be tightly woven. DEET can be used safely on infants and children 2 months of age and older, according to the department. This includes using bug spray, making sure door and window screens are tight-fitting and limiting the amount of standing water near your home, the release said.