With mosquito season in full bite, Kenosha County health officials are continuing their surveillance of birds that have died in the area following a positive test for West Nile virus in a crow earlier this week in neighboring Racine County.
“Approximately four out of five people infected with the West Nile will have no symptoms at all”, explained Smith, “but when people do get the virus it can be quite serious and the cases of severe disease are increasing over the last few years”. The most susceptible to the illness include infants and the elderly.
For standing water sources that can not be drained, OCCHD recommends microbial larvicides that kill mosquito larvae before they emerge as adults.
North Dakota’s Department of Health, on the other hand, has confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus this year.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated in their website that most of the time, West Nile Virus present no symptom.
Dress – Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin. “I was just so sick”, says Amanda Hoskins, a victim of West Nile virus.
No cases of the West Nile virus in humans have been confirmed in Ohio this year. Individuals, especially those 50 years of age or older, or those with compromised immune systems, who are most at risk, are urged to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
“The water has to be 55 degrees to really breed and the warmer it gets the more rapid that breeding process goes”, said Scott Bryden, Environmental Health Administrator for the Meriden Health Department.
The village said the village will continue its mosquito abatement program, which began in July.
There are no medications to treat or prevent West Nile, but bug spray and protective clothing will reduce the risk of infection.
Experts say 80% of people infected with WNV do not have symptoms.
West Nile is transmitted to humans by bites from infected mosquitoes.
– Use insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon eucalyptus, and be careful to follow label directions. The expanded effort is funded by a $525,250 general fund appropriation, which is to help eradicate mosquitoes in the Brandon, Leicester, Salisbury and Goshen areas and for potential aerial pesticide spraying for disease threat reductions.