Greece reports two West Nile virus deaths

Henrietta Brewer
August 4, 2019

Symptoms of neuroinvasive West Nile include high fever, headache, stiff neck, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness, paralysis and coma, the Health District said.

The report, which did not say where the deaths were recorded, stated that the number of confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne infection this year has risen to 25.

"It's important people be conscientious about self-protection whenever they're outside during the evening hours".

West Nile was first detected in Clark County in 2005.

Sherman says he is encouraged by steps taken by AHS to share West Nile warnings this year directly with 60 municipalities in the region instead of relying on third-hand social media sharing and canned press releases about the general dangers of the disease. If you are experiencing symptoms of West Nile virus, contact your health care provider.

West Nile can cause overwhelming fatigue, awful muscle aches and headaches, according to doctors, and those who survive severe cases of the illness report ongoing problems with fatigue and neurological problems. These symptoms can last for several days to months.

In rare cases, severe illness, including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur.

Monitoring for West Nile virus includes laboratory tests for mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays and robins, as well as testing humans with West Nile virus-like symptoms.

There are simple precautions to take to "Fight the Bite", including the practice of the three "R's" - reduce, repel and report. At home, look for holes in screens or windows that allow pests to get indoors. Fix or replace screens with tears or other openings.

Make sure pools stay clean and don't leave any other standing water sitting around. Additionally, she said, Albertans should be using an approved insect repellent containing DEET or Icaridin and could consider limiting the time they spend outside.

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