Health Matters: West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus detected in Wallaceburg

OH in particular notes that 2018 has been the most active year for West Nile infections thus far, sparking concern that not enough is being done to prevent the virus from taking over the United States.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health recently also announced positive tests mosquitoes from Falmouth, Barnstable, Dennis, Bourne and Yarmouth. Mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water which then grow into adults that are ready to fly.

Eliminate standing water sources.

It has been reported to the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit that mosquitoes collected from a trap last week in the Wallaceburg area have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

While a nuisance, they tend to feed off birds and transfer the disease to them, but the Asian tiger species is an aggressive, day-biting mosquitoes, according to Gruener.

"Although most people (70-80 percent) who become infected with WMV do not develop any symptoms, county residents are encouraged to continue their efforts to prevent mosquito bites and WNV", the district states in a news release.

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Avoid the outdoors during dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

No human or animal cases of West Nile virus have been detected in the state this year.

No cases of West Nile have been reported yet in Kent County in 2018.

With the threat that people are now at an increased risk of being bitten by a West Nile-carrying mosquito, Gruener said another odd disturbance has been occurring throughout the county, especially in Hackettstown: dead birds.

Symptoms of West Nile virus can include high fever, severe headache and a stiff neck or more severe symptoms such as tremors, confusion and sudden sensitivity to light.

To reduce risk of West Nile, people should try and avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

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