Public health officials in Perth County are reminding us about the danger of West Nile virus as its annual mosquito surveillance program begins.
Five mosquito pools, representing four locations, tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) in Ouachita Parish.
According to Dr. Tomarken, most people infected with West Nile virus will experience mild or no symptoms, but some can develop severe symptoms including high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. The virus also has the possibility to cause meningitis, encephalitis, or death in very rare cases.
West Nile virus is commonly transmitted to people by mosquitoes, but only about 1 percent of infected people become seriously ill – possibly fatally ill, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Wyoming Department of Health says the case involves a Sheridan County resident.
“These are not the typical floodwater mosquitoes you see after it rains”, he said.
Nassau County reports one positive sample so far, collected July 3 in Kings Point, a spokeswoman said Friday.
A year ago there were 379 human cases of the virus in Texas – more than the double the 183 cases in 2013.
Steve Divine, environmental health director for Northern Kentucky Public Health, also suggested that people use insect repellent with DEET at outdoor events, especially with Saturday’s NASCAR race in Sparta and the All-Star Game in Cincinnati Tuesday.
Wet weather is another words is standing water, this is the place where mosquitoes will breed.
– Dress in long sleeves and trousers.
Make sure doors and windows have tightly fitted screens. Clear debris from ditches; cut small channels to help pooling water drain; and fill holes and tire ruts with dirt.
Keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren’t being used. The districts use aircraft in rural locations and ground equipment for more precision spraying in urbanized areas.