West Nile virus discovered in Estevan area

The first human case of West Nile Virus is here and it's a reminder that each year all Mississippians need to act fast to protect themselves from the disease

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Winnebago County

The New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board collected mosquitoes from streets in Orleans Parish that tested positive for West Nile.

Don't be lulled by the apparent lack of mosquito activity, Hanson cautioned. DHS will continue surveillance for West Nile virus until the end of the mosquito season.

North Carolina's first death and first confirmed case of West Nile virus in 2018 happened in Cumberland County, where an elderly person contracted the illness, according to the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

However, across California in 2017, 600 people tested positive for the virus and 44 people died.

Those with West Nile Fever experience flu-like symptoms. "It's throughout the city". There was an uptick in West Nile Cases previous year. Lara Otaigbe said that starts with an understanding of the virus. About one in 150 infected people develop swelling of the brain or brain tissue, which could lead to death. "We put out traps early, and we're looking for it earlier than other parts of the state".

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He says they typically see the first mosquitoes test positive in late June/early July.

Drain standing water. Mosquitoes require water to complete their life cycle. "That's why it's so important for people to inspect their properties". That can include releasing small fish that eat mosquito larvae.

SHA is now warning residents in the province's southeast and to take proper precautions before heading out.

The elderly or those with a weakened immune system should consider limiting their exposure outside during dusk and dawn, when the Culex species mosquitoes are most active. "It comes out at dusk or twilight, when people are in their gardens".

During these peak summer months, doctors say there are simple things you can do to protect yourself. "Don't rely on us", he said. Health officials recommend eliminating standing water, repairing tears in screens and cracks in windows and wearing DEET bug spray to help control the risk of disease.

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