One person from Jackson County likely died from West Nile Virus

22 September, 2018, 08:11 | Author: Denise Dawson
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The department said the occasional dip in day and evening temperatures hasn't removed the risk of contracting West Nile virus. The latest information about West Nile virus activity in California is available at the same website.

The number of human cases of West Nile virus varies each year.

The person who contracted the virus has West Nile fever, which is not the neuro-invasive form of the virus, which is commonly more serious. Dogs, which are at risk for Lyme disease, also can be protected by vaccine from a veterinarian.

Nashua Environmental Health Officer Heidi Peek-Kukulka said the three mosquito batches testing positive for West Nile in the city came from a single location, and she called the risk to humans relatively low.

- Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with an EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection.

Not all ticks are infected with disease, but those that are, must bite and remain attached for hours in order to transmit diseases. Symptoms may last for several weeks, health officials report. Lyme disease responds to appropriate antibiotic therapy.

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Most people don't show any symptoms of WNV.

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, one in five people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms.

West Nile virus is a virus that is spread by mosquitoes. West Nile virus can be fatal. From March until the first frost, KCHD also uses larvicides in areas with standing water to prevent mosquito proliferation.

"But about 30 percent of horses will go down and then start hurting themselves because they are trying to get up and their muscles won't work correctly, their brain doesn't work correctly, so we end up euthanizing about 30 percent of horses", she said.

DEET: Use insect repellent containing DEET or picaridin. Some common mosquito habitats include: tires, buckets, cans, bottles, plastic containers, pet food containers and water dishes, planters and pots, including saucers and catch trays.

Keeping grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed.


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