Campus community urged to take precautions to avoid West Nile virus

Leslie Hanson
August 3, 2018

The first human case of West Nile Virus in the province this year has been found in a child.

According to the Fairfax County Health Department, an adult resident living in the northeastern part of Fairfax County was hospitalized from the virus.

Maryland's Department of Agriculture said it found the virus in mosquitoes collected in the Riverdale Park area of Prince George's County.

"Until the hard frosts of fall set in, Halton residents should continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites and remove mosquito breeding sites", said Dr. Daniela Kempkens, Halton Region Acting Medical Officer of Health.

Fairfax County health officials said they've seen a "large increase" in mosquitoes carrying the virus. But officials say to avoid false positives, which are common among such infections, a second sample will be sent to NIV in 10 days for a confirmation.

Three mosquito pools have tested positive for the West Nile virus in Peel Region, a spokesperson for Peel Public Health confirms. In Virginia, there were 13, and in the District, there were four. The majority of people who develop this type of West Nile virus recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.

Symptoms of the viral disease vary from person to person.

Symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, headache, body aches, a skin rash and swollen lymph glands.

Those who are 60 years of age or older are at the greatest risk along with those who have medical conditions like cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and or who have received organ transplants.

Homeowners are also asked to eliminate standing water by cleaning eaves troughs, emptying bird baths, covering rain barrels with mosquito screens, getting rid of containers that collect water and landscaping for better drainage.

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