Two Cases of West Nile Virus Confirmed in Idaho

DeKalb health officials report first West Nile –positive mosquitoes in 2019

DeKalb health officials report first West Nile –positive mosquitoes in 2019

A resident over the age of 30 was diagnosed with West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease.

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The Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Department confirmed mosquitoes collected in Princeton have tested positive for West Nile virus.

The Washoe County Health District said Friday it plans early morning fogging in the affected areas.

"Our sympathy goes out to this family". Health officials will continue to collect and test mosquito batches throughout the rest of the season (mid-October) and will accept a limited number of dead birds for testing.

Trim tall grass, weeds, and vines to discourage mosquitoes. In severe cases, people will need to be hospitalized, and in rare cases the disease can be fatal. But chicken flocks in the Belle Glade and Pahokee areas tested positive for it, and the health department is warning residents to guard themselves against bites. Additional protective measures include applying insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers. Although there is no vaccine for people, there are several vaccines for horses, which should be vaccinated annually. "New Hanover County Health Department will continue proactive surveillance and control activities to identify mosquito-borne illnesses in an effort to protect our citizens and visitors of the county".

Most people - about 8 out of 10 - who are infected with WNV do not feel sick, the CDC says. Patients may also present with symptoms compatible with West Nile, including: fever, maculopapular rash, headache, fatigue, weakness, joint and muscle pain as well as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. "The majority of those will make a complete recovery within a few days". Less than 1% of people who are infected will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues). "These more severe infections are marked by a rapid onset of a high fever, headache, neck stiffness, body aches, disorientation, and tremors", she said.