West Nile Virus sweeps America: Cases reported from coast to coast

Grant Boone
August 12, 2018

Additionally, on August 6, the Mississippi State Department of Health confirmed six additional cases of West Nile virus, bringing the state's 2018 total to 13 so far.

West Nile virus has been confirmed in several groups of mosquitoes under surveillance in Cabell County, the Cabell-Huntington Health Department confirmed Friday.

The last human case reported in Cascade County was in 2015, according to a press release from the Cascade City-County Health Department. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to humans and other animals when they bite. Symptoms of these diseases might include headache, rash, high fever, stiff neck, mental confusion, muscle weakness, tremors, convulsions, coma, and paralysis.

Health officials say that most people infected with the virus do not see any symptoms.

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There is also a small risk of infected people developing the more serious West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease, which could cause inflammation of the brain and can also be fatal.

Make sure window and door screens are in good fix to prevent mosquito entry. "Using insect repellent, covering bare skin and avoiding being outdoors during the hours of dusk and dawn are effective ways to help keep you from being bitten by mosquitoes".

Public health workers also advise removing standing water from your property. The horse had not been vaccinated for West Nile Virus in recent years. Dispose of water-holding containers, such as ceramic pots, used tires, and tire swings. "Change out water in bird baths and pet watering bowls weekly and place screening on rain barrels".

Landscape to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas. Report swimming pools that are not being properly maintained by contacting the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District at 1-800-429-1022 or www.fightthebite.net/pool-program. More than 40,000 acres were treated over two nights in July using Trumpet EC, an insecticide routinely used for mosquito control throughout the country.

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