New West Nile Virus Case reported in Hinds County

Laura Christensen
August 9, 2017

This is the first time the Hamilton County Health Department has found West Nile virus this year, spokesman Mike Samet said, though it's been around OH since at least 2001.

Everyone, however, should be aware of the symptoms of West Nile virus, which may develop two to 14 days after someone is bitten by an infected mosquito. 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. About 80-100 cases are reported nationwide each year. The bite of this mosquito is very gentle and usually unnoticed by people. The virus is also potentially deadly in extreme cases.

Mosquitoes continue to test positive for West Nile virus, as the state's mosquito management program revealed that six mosquitoes - including those in Stamford, Greenwich and Stratford - tested positive for the disease between July 24 and July 31. West Nile symptoms can include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. "Residents should keep reporting dead birds and mosquito breeding sources, and taking measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites".

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The elderly are especially susceptible to West Nile Virus.

West Nile season has arrived in McLean County.

The warm weather, high humidity and frequent rainfall have created ideal conditions that are conductive to the spreading of West Nile Virus infected mosquitoes.

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