West Nile cases predicted to almost double in South Dakota

For the first time this summer the West Nile Virus has been discovered in Hamilton

West Nile cases predicted to almost double in South Dakota

The state Health Department reported Thursday that West Nile virus has been detected in humans or mosquitoes in 11 counties across South Dakota.

Use insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, or PMD.

Symptoms of WNV include headache, fever, neck discomfort, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes and a rash that usually develop 2 to 14 days after being infected.

"Today's announcement reminds all Pennsylvanians to be vigilant and take precautions to protect against mosquito bites".

The health department routinely tracks mosquito-borne illnesses, including Zika.

Wear light-colored, lightweight clothing with long sleeves and long trousers when outdoors at dawn or dusk.

Although mosquitoes can bite at any time of the day or night, the mosquitoes that transmit WNV are most active at dawn and dusk.

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"The hot weather we've had this summer is flawless for both West Nile virus and mosquitoes to multiply quickly", said Jamesina Scott, Ph.D., District Manager and Research Director of the Lake County Vector Control District.

The pools of mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus were collected in unincorporated areas of Sarasota County near Venice, an area that Sarasota County Mosquito Management Services has already treated. As a precaution, the Maryland Department of Agriculture is spraying nearby areas.

"To date, we've had two positive pools, one positive bird, but no human cases in Winnebago County".

According to the release, samples are being sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmatory testing.

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"More swelling, more pain at the site, more redness, and it can actually cause more complications", said Miriam Copeland, Nurse Practitioner.

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