West Nile Virus detected in mosquitoes in Cincinnati

Henrietta Brewer
September 1, 2017

The four recent cases in Bernalillo County include a 65-year-old woman now hospitalized, as well as a 57-year-old man, a 60-year-old man, and a 75-year-old man, all of whom have been treated and recently released from local hospitals.

Symptoms of the milder form of illness, West Nile fever, can include headache, fever, muscle and joint aches, nausea and fatigue. If one or more of these symptoms develop, especially after suffering mosquito bites within the previous two weeks, a health care provider should be contacted.

Macomb County Health Division Director Bill Ridella said this is yet another reminder to protect yourself from mosquito bites.

It's older people, infants and others who have compromised immune systems who may be more vulnerable.

You can find more information on West Nile Virus from SCDHEC on their website and YouTube channel.

WNV is spread through the bite of the Culex mosquito, which feeds on infected birds and then transmits the virus when biting humans, horses, and some other mammals. "I know how important it is for people who do attend these meetings", Sims said. In July, indications of the West Nile virus were found in a Macomb County Health Department testing pool as well as Oakland County Health Division testing pool. About one out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness.

Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Among the approved repellents are DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and oil of lemon eucalyptus/para-menthane-diol.

Doors - Make sure doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly, and fix torn or damaged screens to keep mosquitoes out of the house. If you have it, use your air conditioning. Residents should regularly drain standing water, including water collecting in empty cans, tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters and saucers under potted plants. Our county health departments provide exceptional medical services; monitor area environmental safety, including restaurant inspections; and help ensure their communities are prepared for disasters.

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