Lowndes Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile

Southwest Health District urges early precautions against mosquito-borne illnesses

Southwest Health District urges early precautions against mosquito-borne illnesses

The Wyoming Department of Health Tuesday reported its first case of West Nile Virus this year involving an adult in the northeastern part of the state.

Health Department spokeswoman Kim Deti said she doesn't know if the early diagnosis is a sign of things to come.

The Shelby County Health Department said Tuesday that the virus was found in two south Memphis zip codes.

At this time previous year, no West Nile-positive mosquitoes had been detected, Gordon said. Most infected people will have no symptoms, but about one-fifth of those infected will develop fever, headaches and body aches, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The virus spreads when mosquitoes feed on infected birds and then bite humans, horses and other animals. Forty-seven people - including one fatality - were diagnosed with the virus.

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There have been no human cases in Shelby County in this year.

"We expect many people who are ill due to WNV are not getting tested, which makes it hard to know the true number of cases", Van Houten said.

They are advising people to wear repellent and to be aware that mosquitoes are most active around dusk and dawn.

Montana had its third highest number of reported West Nile Virus cases past year.

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