Medical Examiners Confirm Second Case of West Nile Virus in Cuyahoga County

Leslie Hanson
September 14, 2018

Vermont officials say a horse in Windham County that died has tested positive for West Nile virus.

The state has confirmed two deaths from West Nile Virus - residents of Glenn and Yuba counties. No human cases have been reported so far this season, according to the health department.

The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes, and health professionals urge people to protect themselves from the bugs' bites. In rare cases, the virus can cause serious neurological illness including encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain. Those include 37 birds in Yolo County (including 11 in Davis) as well as 87 mosquito samples.

The West Nile fever typically spreads to humans and animals through mosquito bites.


Utilizing insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or lemon eucalyptus oil and follow label instructions. The Health District says that since this test was over a month ago, the new positive result is considered a sporadic event and not due to sustained mosquito activity.

- Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of the home.

Drain standing water in flower pots, pet dishes or clogged gutters so mosquitoes don't have a place to breed, and treat water that can't be drained. However, the majority of people infected with the virus do not get sick. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property by emptying flower pots, old auto tires, buckets and other containers.

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