OH reports its 1st horse West Nile virus cases this year

Grant Boone
August 22, 2018

The SRHD says no cases of WNV have been identified in Spokane County humans, birds or horses, but early-to mid- August "typically marks the first onset of symptoms in these groups".

Hinds has reported nine total cases. In rare cases, people can develop severe, sometimes fatal, illness. These areas have all been affected by WNV in the past. West Nile virus can infect anyone, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, but those over the age of 50 are at a higher risk for more severe disease.

There is now no West Nile vaccine for humans. Infection with WNV does not always lead to signs of illness in people or animals.

Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn.

Animal owners should reduce potential mosquito breeding sites on their property by eliminating standing water from containers such as buckets, tires, and wading pools - especially after heavy rains. Unusual clusters of dead birds can be reported to the BC Interagency Wild Bird Mortality Investigation at 1-866-431-BIRD (2473).

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Mosquito testing at Langley Air Force Base confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus on Tuesday. This often involves hospitalization, intravenous fluid therapy and respiratory support.

Byers said that MS is in its peak WNV season of July through September, and that while most people with WNV infection recover without any long-term problems, some develop a more severe infection that can lead to complications and even death - especially those over 50 years of age. Of patients developing the neuroinvasive form of the disease, 4-14% will die.

World Health Organization works with countries to reduce the risks of WNV and other vector-borne infectious diseases.

The implementation of the Regional Framework for Surveillance and Control of Invasive Mosquito Vectors and Re-emerging Vector-borne Diseases 2014-2020 will be discussed at the 68th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, to be held in Rome, Italy on 17-20 September 2018.

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