Health Department Reports County's First Human West Nile Virus Case of 2018

Franco Patrizia

Franco Patrizia

The state department of health confirms three new cases of the West Nile virus, two in Hinds County and one in Itawamba County. In some cases, the virus can lead to permanent neurological damage and death. WNV is transmitted to people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph glands. The symptoms can last for several days to months.

However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms.

The individual was hospitalized for their illness but is recovering at home. As of July 26, 17 of the 93 CAES mosquito traps located in CT towns have had positive test results for WNV according to the CAES.

Each year, state health officials stress that West Nile Virus has been found in every part of the state, and that residents can't assume they are safe because there have been no human cases reported in their county.

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People who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay or robin should contact the health department, which will determine if the bird will be picked up for testing.

REDUCE - Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Eliminate, or refresh each week, all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, pet bowls, clogged rain gutters, wading pools, old tires and any other containers.

Use a mosquito repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient such as DEET while you are outdoors. Nowhere in the state is the risk level above moderate as of July 28, the most recent information available from the state Public Health Laboratory.

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