Year's first finding of West Nile virus in wild birds reported

The first human case of West Nile Virus is here and it's a reminder that each year all Mississippians need to act fast to protect themselves from the disease

Year's first finding of West Nile virus in wild birds reported

There are no West Nile vaccines licensed for use in humans and no medications to cure West Nile disease once a person is infected.

Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) reports that a dead bird found in Dane County has West Nile virus.

According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, the person who died was an adult, but the agency provided no further details to protect confidentiality.

In 2017, Dane County had its highest number of people diagnosed with West Nile virus, eight cases, all of which resulted in neurological involvement such as encephalitis or meningitis.

Belchik-Moser said a year ago was down in terms of West Nile in Grant County.

Symptoms of West Nile Virus include fever, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph nodes.

"Twenty-three more mosquito samples from that area came back positive, which is what prompted us to make our decision for aerial spraying", vector control spokeswoman Luz Maria Robles said.

The Mosquito and Termite Control Board will continue to take proactive measures to protect residents including applying insecticides by truck and applying larvicide to prevent mosquitoes from developing.

WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. "Being mindful of places where mosquitoes can breed, and that way they are not breeding around you", said Jenny Galbraith, North Dakota Department of Health.

Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn.

Wear an effective insect repellant containing deet.

Wear lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and long trousers while outdoors.

Consider the use of mosquito repellent, according to directions, when it is necessary to be outdoors.

The Center for Disease Control recommends people use screens on windows/doors, use air conditioning when available and at least once a week empty, scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out items that hold water.

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