First Case Of Equine West Nile Virus For 2017 Reported In Colorado

17 August, 2017, 06:50 | Author: Darrell Lopez
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Public health officials reported Wednesday that they have confirmed the second human case of West Nile Virus in Denton County in 2017.

"These are the first confirmed indications of local West Nile virus activity this year", Dr. Michael Stacey, deputy health officer for the county said in a news release.

Twenty-nine OH counties have reported West Nile virus activity in mosquitoes collected this year as part of statewide surveillance.

OH reported 17 human cases of West Nile virus past year.

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been detected in Ripley County. Of the nearly 600 people who tested positive for the Zika virus since 2015 in California, none were infected locally. Mosquitoes become infected after feeding on infected birds.




There have been no human cases in DeKalb County this year, but the department is urging residents to take preventative measures. But the mosquito that can carry the disease and spread it is present in Los Angeles County. Of those, 88 people have been hospitalized for the illness and three have died.

St. Louis encephalitis was a virus historically controlled by mosquito abatement districts in California before West Nile virus came on the scene about 15 years ago.

Wear long sleeves and trousers during peak mosquito hours, which are around dawn and dusk.

West Nile virus surveillance in Utah is underway and will continue into the fall. When outdoors, no matter what time of day, adjust your dress accordingl and wear insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus as your first line of defense against insect bites. Consider the use of BTI briquettes (or mosquito dunks) in standing water that can not be eliminated.

Check your window and door screens to make sure there are no holes to allow mosquitoes in your home.

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