West Nile Virus shows up south of Marietta

Leslie Hanson
September 24, 2018

That's a significant increase from past year, when eight cases of West Nile were reported.

"About 1 in 150 people who are infected develop a severe illness affecting the central nervous system such as encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord)", according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. "It's easy to do: wear mosquito repellent and dump out standing water".

Another eight reports of people who may have the virus are under investigation.

In addition, the agency will use its social media accounts as well as other county media resources to provide information about West Nile Virus and mosquito-borne illnesses. "But it is not the end of the mosquito season".

To help decrease the population mosquito around the area, empty items that hold water such as tires, buckets, planters, pools, birdbaths, or trash containers. During 2017, 51 cases of West Nile virus infection were reported among Wisconsin residents. During 2002, the state documented its first human infections and 52 cases were reported that year.

In Lafourche, at least one person this year has contracted a severe form of West Nile that affects the brain, state data show.

In Philadelphia, Health Officials testing mosquito colonies this year found a mosquito with the West Nile virus in 35.8 percent of them - far higher than the historic median rate of 3 percent, and higher than past peak years of 2010 (19 percent) and 2012 (24 percent).

The authorities expect the number of cases of West Nile virus infection to drop in the coming period.

"The big issue with West Nile Virus is humans and equine horses", Dr. James Baggs said.

Anyone experiencing unexplained headaches, weakness, and fatigue, is urged to visit a doctor.

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