4 cases of West Nile virus in Minnesota — CDC

4 cases of West Nile virus in Minnesota — CDC

Henrietta Brewer
August 12, 2018

State public health officials have confirmed the first two human cases of mosquito-borne West Nile virus in CT this season.

West Nile virus has been confirmed in several groups of mosquitoes under surveillance in Cabell County, the Cabell-Huntington Health Department confirmed Friday. This is not Fairfield's first human case of WNV, this is the seventh case since 2000 and 33rd case in Fairfield County since 2000.

The virus has affected 60 people in the Athens area this year with most of the cases detected in the last month.

Approximately 80 percent of those infected with the virus will not show any symptoms, but about one in 150 will develop a severe neuroinvasive illness that can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, seizures and paralysis.

Health officials say that most people infected with the virus do not see any symptoms. The likelihood of transmission to humans and horses can be decreased by personal mosquito avoidance and the use of WNV and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) vaccines in horses.

Keep mosquitoes out of your house by repairing holes in screens and making sure screens fit tightly to doors and windows.

Health officials are advising people in Saskatoon and surrounding areas to take the necessary protective measures to lower their chance of being bitten by mosquitoes for the rest of the summer.

'Until the state's first hard frost, whether it's for work or play, being outside means there's a risk for West Nile virus'.

Drain: Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms. Dispose of water-holding containers, such as ceramic pots, used tires, and tire swings.

Change the water in bird baths and pet dishes at least every three days. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin. The department has not specified where in Cabell County the positive mosquitoes were found.

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