Most people who are infected with West Nile virus either have no symptoms or experience mild illness such as a fever, headache and body aches before fully recovering.
“West Nile season generally starts the middle to the end of July and goes on through August and September”.
Thursday night health officials say the mosquito population has more than “doubled” in our area.
The local health department has confirmed the presence of West Nile virus in Platte County.
So far, ten Texas counties have declared cases of West Nile Virus in mosquitoes – including Harris and Montgomery counties.
A WNV positive mosquito pool indicates that viral activity is increasing in the environment and people should be more careful and take precautions to protect themselves from the virus.
The rarest case of the disease can only occur 1 percent of all infected individuals.
The highlighted area will be targeted for mosquito spraying this weekend.
West Nile was also detected in mosquitoes in Minnesota earlier this month.
East Central will no longer be testing dead birds for West Nile in Platte County, but that testing will continue in Boone, Colfax and Nance counties.
Eliminate mosquito breeding grounds from yards by removing anything that holds standing water, such as old tires, buckets, junk and debris, clean gutters so that they drain correctly, and maintain swimming pools properly.
The victim lives in Oklahoma County.
There have not been any confirmed human cases of West Nile virus or Eastern equine encephalitis in the state this year. For standing water, fountains, ponds, etc., consider adding “mosquito dunks” or mosquito fish.