Human case of West Nile virus confirmed in Duval County

Florence Lopez
August 24, 2018

Utah has seen its first death of the season from West Nile virus, the Salt Lake County Health Department reported in a statement Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Interior Health said the birds were tested after they were found in Kimberley, B.C., during routine checks.

Even though it is called West Nile, as its symptoms were fist categorised and isolated in Uganda, the virus reportedly afflicts people and livestock in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.

Mosquito abatement districts in the county have detected West Nile virus in 30 mosquito pools. About one in 150 infected people will become severely ill, and may experience symptoms such as a stiff neck, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, muscle weakness, convulsions, or paralysis.

"Those over 50 and with underlying health conditions are at higher risk of more severe disease".

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"Further cases are expected to be diagnosed in the coming period and West Nile virus infections are likely to occur in other geographical areas", it said. Local authorities were urged by the ministry to fumigate areas where there are large concentrations of mosquitoes and/or larvae.

Consult your health care provider if you suspect that you have an insect transmittable disease such as West Nile Virus. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water.

"This is the critical time of summer when virus activity reaches its peak in the mosquito population", said Dr. Philip Armstrong, Medical Entomologist at the CAES.

Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors.

"People can avoid insect bites by using insect repellent and wearing tops with long sleeves". Although it may be hard to do when it's hot, wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

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