West Nile virus found in Oakland County blood donation

Henrietta Brewer
August 30, 2016

The virus is transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito, officials said.

Health officials said West Nile has been detected in mosquitoes caught in traps in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, and Eastern equine encephalitis, another mosquito-borne disease, has been found in mosquitoes on the Eastern Shore.

He urges homeowners to follow the guidelines outlined in a release from the public health district to help stay safe. DUET has a very low toxicity profile for humans and animals and is created to quickly affect the control of adult mosquito populations.

In addition to the human cases, one case of West Nile has been confirmed in a horse in Petroleum County.

At this time, no cases of the illness in people have been reported by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The adult lives in western Maryland, the department stated. "Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches, however, severe illness including meningitis or even death can occur in rare cases".

The elderly victims were most likely bitten by infected mosquitoes in Benton County, officials said.

Oakland County Health Division Officer Kathy Forzley said the Oakland County resident is not experiencing any symptoms of the virus and the positive test only indicates an exposure to West Nile virus, therefore it's not a confirmed case.

Residents should limit outdoor activities, wear trousers and long sleeves and use repellent during the hours from dusk to dawn. Change the water regularly in pet dishes and bird baths, and keep gutters free of standing water.

"We know that less than one percent of those infected will develop this more serious form of the disease", said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist.

Insect repellent containing DEET also is advised.

Limit times outdoors between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

People in the treatment areas also should expect a visit in the coming days from state and local inspectors which will go door-to-door looking for mosquito breeding sites in backyards.

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