West Nile Virus Detected in Madison Mosquito

West Nile mosquitoes virus

West Nile mosquitoes virus

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) announced today that the county has its first probable human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in 2018.

The department also released a list of good practices to protect yourself against mosquito-born illnesses including wearing shoes, socks, and long trousers when outside for extended periods of time, minimizing time spent outdoors at night, considering the use of repellents, and making sure all window and door screens are in good condition.

In the Berkshires, municipalities have had different responses to the presence of mosquito-borne diseases.

The Toronto residents are advised to use insect repellent against insects, wear light colors and do not allow water to stagnate, to reduce the risk of infection. The DOH advises that Bay County residents take the necessary precautions to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.

In West Stockbridge, there is no plan to address mosquitoes when the threat level is "moderate". "The Community Health [Association] nurse came by earlier to say, contrary to the rumors there have been no cases out in West Stockbridge".

Health alert issued for salads, wraps sold at Kroger, Trader Joe's, Walgreens
The parasite is usually found in developing countries but there have been several outbreaks in the U.S. in the past few years. Caito's products are sold by major grocery stores, including Kroger , Trader Joe's and Walgreens , throughout the country.

The state department of health confirms three new cases of the West Nile virus, two in Hinds County and one in Itawamba County.

While District officials are happy West Nile virus activity is off to a bit of a slow start this year, there are many hot summer months ahead which will lead to increased mosquito reproduction and WNV amplification and transmission.

West Nile Virus is transmitted to people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito, although most people who contract the virus do not experience any symptoms. People over age 50 or a compromised immune system are most at risk to develop severe symptoms. Symptoms may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph glands.

There are four levels of West Nile Virus risk in MA: low, moderate, high and critical.

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