According to East Central District Health Department, the virus was detected in mosquitoes collected June 26 in Platte County.
The county works with the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, the state laboratory, on testing crows, ravens and blue jays, the avians most susceptible to West Nile virus infection.
In 2014, six human cases of West Nile virus infection were reported in Massachusetts. West Nile virus is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. More severe symptoms include high fever, neck stiffness, confusion, tremors, convulsions and paralysis. Less than 1 percent develop a serious neurological illness. Health department officials say that Lucas is the sixth county in Ohio where West Nile Virus is identified.
Water troughs provide excellent mosquito breeding habitats and should be flushed out at least once a week during the summer months to reduce mosquitoes near paddock areas. West Nile is spread to humans my mosquitoes.
“We’ll set the traps out Monday and Tuesday nights and collect them the next morning and hopefully we get a lot of mosquitoes”, Adam Culley with Mosquito Control said.
In addition, the Florida Department of Health advises residents to follow “Drain and Cover” preventative measures by draining standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying as well as covering skin with clothing and using mosquito repellent.
The victim lives in Oklahoma County.
They say it’s critical take steps to protect your family from the West Nile Virus because this is just the beginning.
Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. The grass surrounding homes should be kept trimmed, and all stagnant water found in containers, wading pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, old tires and buckets should be dumped, so that mosquitoes will not lay their eggs in the water.