Village asks for help to prevent spread of West Nile virus

Leslie Hanson
October 13, 2018

The patient was hospitalized in early September and died from WNV-associated neuro-invasive disease. That figure excludes Long Beach and Pasadena because cases in those cities are reported by their local health departments, authorities said. The state did not release the identity of the person who died from complications with West Nile, but the Lebanon Daily News published an obituary for Ruth Adams of Palmyra, who passed away after "a brief but fierce battle with West Nile Virus".

Health officials recommend wearing insect repellent, long trousers and long-sleeve shirts outdoors, especially at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. Areas of standing water also should be drained, if possible.

All county residents are encouraged to take protective action to prevent mosquito bites, especially as additional cases are expected to occur this year.

Since West Nile is spread to people by infected mosquitoes, health officials urge getting rid of standing water sources around the home that can be mosquito breeding areas, checking window and door screens for holes, and covering up and using insect repellent outdoors. The mosquito is known for the ability to spread West Nile Virus to humans after coming into contact with native birds and horses. But a very small number can develop encephalitis or meningitis that can be fatal.

In all, there have been 103 human cases of West Nile virus this season. In many cases, recovery can take as long as one year with ongoing physical and mental problems.

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