More West Nile Virus samples test positive in Washoe County

Henrietta Brewer
August 17, 2019

The more you are outdoors, the higher risk you could be bitten by an infected mosquito.

Although floodwater mosquitoes can be very aggressive, daytime biters, they are not significant vectors for human disease such as West Nile Virus in IL.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said two cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in the Gem State.

Mosquitos are trapped and sent to the Arizona Public Health Laboratory in Phoenix for testing. "The public should not be alarmed, but should be vigilant in protecting themselves from mosquito bites".

Georgia typically sees six to 10 cases of the infection each year.

"Our sympathy goes out to this family". And public health officials are urging everyone to take precautions. "These infections are rare, but this is a reminder that the risk is present". During 2018 no mosquitos were identified as carrying the disease. August is peak season for West Nile Virus in the state.

If you are bitten by a mosquito and experience any of the symptoms described above, visit your doctor immediately.

- Make sure there is no standing water around your house.

To protect against WNV infection, people should avoid mosquitoes, particularly between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. The Health Department reminds residents that due to the recent flooding and rain there will continue to be large numbers of floodwater or nuisance mosquitoes. There are usually no symptoms in most people who become infected with WNV. Patients may also present with symptoms compatible with West Nile, including: fever, maculopapular rash, headache, fatigue, weakness, joint and muscle pain as well as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

About one in 150 people infected develop a severe illness affecting the central nervous system such as encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord). The symptoms of neurologic illness can include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures, or paralysis.

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