Ohio reports first human West Nile virus case in 2018

Jul 28, 2018, 12:56
Ohio reports first human West Nile virus case in 2018

The Louisiana Department of Health reported two cases of West Nile Fever in East Baton Rouge and Ouachita parishes.

Public health officials and mosquito control authorities monitor West Nile by trapping mosquitoes, testing samples from dead birds and other animals, and testing blood from "sentinel chickens".

In comparison, the department reported seven West Nile virus cases at this time past year.

The Will County Health Department Environmental Health Division operates 14 mosquito traps that have collected more than 190 samples this season.

Most people who test positive for the disease will either have no symptoms or mild flu-like signs. Mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus are more likely to bite during the evening, night, and early morning.

No human cases have been reported in the parish, but Bragg urges all residents to continue protecting themselves from being bitten. Some individuals, including the elderly and persons with compromised immune systems, WNV can cause serious illness that affects the central nervous system.

West Nile is highly seasonal, increasing through the month of August, peaking around Labor Day.

Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by emptying standing water on a regular basis from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires and birdbaths.

Still, they say your best bet is any repellent containing DEET.

If someone is experiencing those symptoms, including headache and fever, they should contact their doctor.

According to Ashlyn Becton, the City of Valdosta uses every resource available to municipalities to protect its citizens from mosquito-borne diseases through a Public Works operated spraying and larvicide program, a joint surveillance program with Valdosta State University and Lowndes County, and through public education.

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