Mosquito carrying West Nile virus discovered in Troy, Ill

Leslie Hanson
August 10, 2018

Positive samples for West Nile have been found in Clark County for several years.

The west nile virus is "out of control" right now in Butte County, this is according to the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

Cases generally tend to spike during the summer and fall months, between June and September, when activity is the most common.

Tuesday's announcement that West Nile Virus has been discovered among mosquitoes in Belmont County has created some questions: what does this mean for the average person? "These factors indicate that the risk for human West Nile virus infections is elevated and will likely remain elevated through the remainder of August".

This year, West Nile has not yet been found in a Wisconsin resident. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that one in 150 people infected develop a serious illness that affects the central nervous system.

The virus can cause symptoms similar to those of the flu, but in extreme cases, it can result in tremors, fever, comas and a lethal swelling of the brain tissue known as encephalitis.

To protect yourself from the disease, experts recommend wearing insect repellent, avoid going outside between dawn and dusk which are peak mosquito feeding times, and to wear loose clothing. Of those who develop a serious illness from the virus, one in 10 die, according to officials.

Health departments have also encouraged residents to remove items from the outside of their home that contain water - such as buckets or pet dishes - because it can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

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