MS reports 3 new human West Nile Virus cases

Leslie Hanson
August 2, 2018

- More mosquitoes collected in the San Fernando Valley have tested positive for the West Nile virus, according to health officials.

The state has raised the risk of West Nile Virus infection from "low" to "moderate" in 17 Berkshire County communities.

So far no animals or people have tested positive for the virus, which is transmitted through bites from infected mosquitoes.

"Mosquito-borne illness is a threat to take seriously during summer until well into September", the release read. Approximately 20% who become infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. These symptoms can last for several days to months. He was hospitalized when he began exhibiting symptoms, but has since been discharged and is recovering at home.

Monitoring for West Nile virus includes laboratory tests for mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays and robins, as well as testing humans with West Nile virus-like symptoms.

For any community experiencing a moderate risk of West Nile infection, the Department of Public Health encourages town officials to consider some form of "ground-based adult mosquito control", usually spraying a insecticide and increasing public outreach around awareness and prevention.

There are some precautions to protect against West Nile. Mosquitos breed in catch basins, artificial containers, and other sources of stagnant water in urban and suburban backyards.

REPEL - When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions. A statewide listing is available at the Illinois Department of Public Health's web site.

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