State health officials confirm first 2017 case of West Nile virus

Jul 22, 2017, 00:43
State health officials confirm first 2017 case of West Nile virus

Denton County Public Health (DCPH) is reporting its first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2017 in Denton County.

According to the province, mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus were found on July 11 in traps in the Estevan area - a few weeks earlier than a year ago.

EEE is one of several viruses that can be transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes including West Nile Virus, chikungunya, and Zika.

Between 20 and 25 percent of them will develop a fever, headache, loss of appetite, nausea or a skin rash, he said.

Officials confirmed two local batches of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus. He says virus-carrying mosquitoes are more likely around pockets of stagnant water created by dry, hot conditions. Any activity that prevents mosquitoes from biting or breeding can help to reduce the risk of becoming infected with West Nile virus.

That prompted the Sun Country Health Region's medical officer to issue a warning to residents in the area to protect themselves against mosquito bites. No human cases have yet been confirmed in Frisco.

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If going outside at dawn or dusk - when mosquitoes are active - people should wear insect repellent and cover their skin with trousers and long-sleeve shirts.

The department said a middle-aged Ida County man tested positive for the virus, but was not hospitalized and is recovering.

"SLE is a different virus, but in terms of symptoms, it is very similar to West Nile Virus", Holeman said.

IDPH is monitoring for Zika virus but the main type of mosquito that carries the virus, the yellow fever mosquito, is rarely found in IL.

If you must be outdoors then wear a mosquito repellent that is approved for use by the CDC - those include products that contain DEET, Picaridin, and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.

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