Bird infected with West Nile found in Jefferson Co

Bird infected with West Nile found in Jefferson Co

Bird infected with West Nile found in Jefferson Co

West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

Along with four interns, Mills set mosquito traps in Kanawha and Putnam counties throughout the summer.

Health Department Senior Sanitarian Angie Crawford says a mosquito pool east of Bloomington collected August first from the 61705 area code has tested positive for the virus.

37 Counties in IL have reported the presence of West Nile this year.

"The person is hospitalized and - I understand - is recovering well", he said.

"Most persons infected with LACV have no apparent illness", the CDC states. "Coma and paralysis occur in some cases". No human cases have been detected in Santa Clara County this year.

For information about West Nile virus, visit the CDC website here. As an additional treatment step, Municipal Mosquito will conduct ground-based adult mosquito control, known as fogging and spraying, in the targeted areas by using organic solutions.

Less than 1 percent of people who are infected will develop serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis.

Those who do become sick usually experience symptoms including fever, headache, muscle aches, rash and fatigue. Symptoms can last for as short as a few days, though even healthy people have been sick for several weeks. The agency also advises people to use insect repellent, fix and replace worn screens on doors and windows, and remove stagnant, shallow water or puddles on a weekly basis to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

Use a mosquito repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient such as DEET while you are outdoors.

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