Health department says mosquitoes with West Nile virus found in Kentucky

West Nile virus Italy and a mosquito

West Nile virus Italy and a mosquito

The World health Organisation (WHO) on its website says that the transmission of West Nile Virus to humans is most often the result of bites from infected mosquitoes.

According to the Department of Public Health and Environment, the Mead resident became ill on July 27 and was hospitalized the next day.

West Nile virus, spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, can affect a person's nervous system. Less than 1 percent of those infected with the virus develop a severe illness, with additional symptoms including disorientation, tremors, muscle weakness, numbness and paralysis.

Given the exceptionally wet summer, it was perhaps no surprise: The Fairfax County Health Department on August 2 announced it had identified the first reported human case of West Nile virus in the county for 2018. Seventeen people died due to the Nipah virus in Kerala, out of which 16 cases were confirmed in lab.

"We are detecting more West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes, including those that readily feed on humans, than is typical for this time of year", said Dr. Philip Armstrong, Medical Entomologist at the CAES.

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While doctors may prescribe painkillers, no vaccine has yet been discovered to treat the infection. The blood donor was not experiencing any symptoms associated with the mosquito-borne virus. "It takes only a small amount of standing water - in a bird bath, in an old vehicle tire, in overturned lids, in empty pots, anywhere - to provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes".

Common places water can accumulate are outdoor features like potted plants and birdbaths, yard debris like, storage bins, kids' toys (including kiddie pools), rain gutters, and even corrugated downspouts.

DUSK and DAWN are when mosquitoes are most active. Use an approved repellent according to its label. Other repellents containing picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol are also effective against mosquitoes.

DRESS in long sleeves and trousers in areas where mosquitoes are active.

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