First 2018 human West Nile case confirmed in Lucas Co

Health Department confirms West Nile case in Lucas County

"Private property owners should monitor their property for standing water and other habit that foster mosquitoes".

While the season for West Nile virus (WNV) has been mild compared to previous years, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) encourages residents to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting WNV, a mosquito-borne illness.

In 2017, there were six human cases of West Nile virus infection identified in MA. In more severe cases, patients often need to be hospitalized to receive supportive treatment, such as intravenous fluids, pain medication and nursing care.

Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers said last week that neighboring states have reported cases in humans - one in ME and four in MA. Last week, the county reported a case from the Town of Babylon.

West Nile virus is spread when an infected mosquito bites a human or an animal. Most people infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms. Symptoms on the serious side may include a stiff neck, vision problems, body tremors, mental confusion, memory loss, and seizures. He recommends people record the date of any tick bites in case symptoms occur later. West Nile virus can be fatal.

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Anyone who develops symptoms should seek medical care immediately.

West Nile virus has been detected in a variety of bird species.

Humans that are bitten by a mosquito with the virus may show signs three to 15 days after being bitten.

Officials urged people in Greater Boston to use insect repellent, cover exposed skin, and move indoors when they feel mosquitoes biting.

City Manager Barry Sullivan says the West Nile positive mosquito was trapped on the 500 block of Davis St, across Lindsay St. There have been no reported cases of West Nile virus among humans in Vermont this year. Most cases have been reported during the months of August and September. This was the city's first positive test result for the virus, he said.

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