Mosquito Pool Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

Grant Boone
June 25, 2018

On June 21, the Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed the state's first case of West Nile virus in 2018, while the California Department of Public Health confirmed four cases of the virus last week.

Courtney Sheeley, Communications Specialist for the Georgia Department of Health, says West Nile Virus showing up in Georgia is nothing new. The department reported hot June temperatures are contributing to increasing numbers of mosquitoes and the increased risk of virus transmission to humans, but so far this season, activity is within expected levels.

Last year, eight people in Eastern Washington contracted West Nile from mosquitos, and five Washington residents were infected outside the state.

The Health Department said Wednesday that the funding ranges from $300 to $20,000 and is based on factors like population and prevalence of West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne illness that causes severe illness and sometimes death.

People age 50 and older and individuals with diabetes or hypertension have a higher chance of getting sick and are more likely to develop complications from WNV infection. In rare severe case, the symptoms are meningitis, encephalitis or death, according to IDPH.

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In fact, in North America, approximately 90% of children have at least one of the strains in their blood in their early lives. Specifically, Alzheimer's brains had up to double the amount of HHV-6A and HHV-7 strains compared to non-Alzheimer's brains.

Precautions to Fight the Bite include practicing the three "R's" - reduce, repel, and report. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes.

A dead bird found in Santa Cruz County tested positive for West Nile Virus, county health officials said Friday. Fix or replace screens that have tears or holes.

"We can't stress the draining of standing water enough", he said.

Eliminate, or refresh each week, all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires, and any other containers.

West Nile virus was first detected in the 1999.

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