Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile | Regional

West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Perth County traps

Protecting yourself from mosquito bites is more important that ever.

This follows detection of the virus in mosquito surveillance pools from Cascade, Hill, and Lewis & Clark counties.

Infections may result in fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes.

Six human cases of West Nile have been reported so far this year in Louisiana.

-Properly dispose of items around your property that hold water, such as tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or discarded tires.

Dusk/Dawn - Avoid dusk and dawn activities during the summer when mosquitoes are most active. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends insect repellents that contain DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol, or 2-undecanone.

∫ Wear loose, light-colored clothing while outside.

Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, birdbaths, old auto tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.

For more information, call the health department at 740-695-1202 or visit www.belmontcountyhealth.com.

For their part, SC DHEC says the only reported case of West Nile in South Carolina this year has been in the Pee Dee region after a person became sick with the virus.

Most people are infected in OH by the northern house mosquito, Culex pipiens. In addition to human cases, one horse, 10 birds and 34 mosquito pools have also tested positive for WNV.

West Nile is spread through mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued an advisory through the Health Advisory Network to alert medical professionals about the risk of West Nile virus.

Two new cases were reported in Hinds County. West Nile virus is now established in OH where cases occur each year and seasonal epidemics can flare up under certain conditions in the summer and continue into the fall.

Eighty percent of people infected with the virus have no symptoms, while 20 percent report a flu-like state. The severe symptoms may last several weeks, and neurologic effects may be permanent. Less than 1 percent of people who are infected will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues).

West Nile virus infection can only be diagnosed by a health care provider.

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