Published: Thu, August 17, 2017
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

NYC Reports First Human Case of West Nile Virus This Season

NYC Reports First Human Case of West Nile Virus This Season

Boulder County Public Health said it's too early to compare this year's West Nile Virus exposures to previous years.

Statewide, 22 cases of West Nile virus have been reported this year, mostly in Kern, Kings, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

OH reported 17 human cases of West Nile virus previous year.

West Nile virus is a disease transmitted to humans and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. "The City's program aims to reduce the mosquito population to lessen the potential impact of the West Nile Virus in St. Charles". Symptoms of the severe form of West Nile virus include: high fever, severe headache and stiff neck, disorientation and confusion.

Be aware of mosquitos during active times between dusk and dawn.

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Starting in June, that state has been testing mosquitoes for not just West Nile, but also Eastern Equine Encephalities, Jamestown Canyon Virus and Zika virus. "Step up the trapping, the disease monitoring, the surveillance of the adult mosquitoes, because anytime, anywhere, if you get a human case that shows that you're having a complete bird to mosquito to human transmission".

There have been no human cases in DeKalb County this year, but the department is urging residents to take preventative measures.

Residents should eliminate all sources of standing water on their property and drain empty flower pots, buckets, barrels, old auto tires, rain gutters and pet bowls. WNV is especially unsafe to older people because it can cause brain inflammation and many other serious illnesses such as convulsions or paralysis.

The disease is spread by mosquito bites.

Use EPA registered insect repellent and follow the label directions. Consider the use of BTI briquettes (or mosquito dunks) in standing water that can not be eliminated.

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