West Nile Virus Hits Northern Kentucky, 3 Infected

That word from Public Health Solutions Health District which covers five southeast Nebraska counties…Gage Saline Jefferson Thayer and Fillmore

That word from Public Health Solutions Health District which covers five southeast Nebraska counties…Gage Saline Jefferson Thayer and Fillmore

The 10-year median for this time of year is around 40 cases.

The West Nile virus is transmitted by the mosquitoes' bites. Samples were submitted to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory, which confirmed the diagnosis of West Nile on September 7.

Washoe County has it's first West Nile Virus case acquired locally this year. Health officials recommend using insect repellent with DEET, wear long-sleeved shirts, trousers and socks when outdoors...and avoid going out at dawn or dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

Use an approved insect repellent and follow the manufacturer's instructions.

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Updated CDC information can be found here.

Wear light-coloured clothing, covering arms and legs in areas where mosquitoes are present. Symptoms may begin between three to 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Fix or replace screens with tears or holes.

Two cases of WNV were confirmed in DE horses in 2017.

The Washoe County Health District's Communicable Disease Program investigates all reported cases of diseases such as WNV. Symptoms may include fever, headache, body ache, skin rash and swollen lymph glands. More severe symptoms include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. Healthcare providers should consider a WNV infection as a diagnosis for patients who are ill and have recently experienced mosquito bites. The virus cycles between birds and mosquitoes with horses and humans being incidental hosts.

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