Fairfax County resident infected with West Nile Virus, health officials say

04 August, 2018, 01:28 | Author: Denise Dawson
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The agency says an adult resident of the town of Mead fell ill on July 27 and was hospitalized the next day.

The West Nile Virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito, according to health officials.

Maryland's Department of Agriculture said it found the virus in mosquitoes collected in the Riverdale Park area of Prince George's County.

The first case of West Nile virus infection in Virginia this year has been reported in Fairfax County, coming on the heels of a confirmed case in Maryland.

"Many municipalities have established mosquito control programs, but "the public needs to be vigilant, because this illness has a permanent summer presence in our state", Wallace stated".

West Nile Virus affects the nervous system and some mild symptoms include fever, headaches and muscle aches that can last days to weeks.

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About 80 percent of infected people show no symptoms at all. No vaccine has been discovered yet for the infection.

The best way to prevent infection from any mosquito-borne illness, including West Nile Virus, is to use mosquito repellent that contains DEET and by covering up during outdoor activities - wearing shoes, socks, long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt. Change the water in bird baths at least once a week.

Common places water can accumulate are outdoor features like potted plants and birdbaths, storage bins, kids' toys and pools, rain gutters, and corrugated downspouts.

Dusk and dawn is when mosquito activity is highest. Other repellents containing picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol are also effective against mosquitoes.

Dress in long sleeves and trousers.

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