Published: Fri, August 24, 2018
Health Care | By Terrence Lopez

Officials confirm first 2018 case of West Nile virus

Officials confirm first 2018 case of West Nile virus

Two human cases of West Nile virus infection have been confirmed in Duval and Nassau counties, according to health officials.

Source contacted the City's health department which confirmed mosquitoes in traps were found to have the virus.

An infected mosquito bite sent healthcare executive Ben Harris to Medical City Plano previous year.

Public health officials in Perth warn that mosquitoes have tested positive for the West Nile virus this season. People 60 and older are more susceptible to these severe symptoms.

Those individuals can suffer brain swelling, inflammation of the brain lining and paralysis, and can potentially die from the virus. This is more likely to occur in those over 50 years of age and those with medical conditions or weakened immune systems, according to public health officials.

The recent sampling in Perth has identified mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus.

He had the life-threatening neuro-invasive form of West Nile and was paralyzed for a time.

There is no evidence that people can get the virus from a horse that has the disease. Typically, symptoms include mild illness with fever while about one in 150 will be severely ill. Any standing body of water can be a breeding area: backyard pools, flowerpots, bird baths, rain gutters, tarps and tires.

Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors.

Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn. This is important, particularly for people who work outdoors or where mosquitoes are found.

You're advised to reduce standing water on your property to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds, and to protect yourself through long-sleeved, light-coloured clothing and the use of mosquito repellent containing DEET or Icaridin on exposed skin.

Cover up your exposed skin with long trousers and long sleeves. Apply insect repellent to clothing to help prevent bites.

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