Mosquitoes collected in Prince George’s County carry West Nile

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There were 14 human cases confirmed locally past year and in 2015, there were two deaths related to a West Nile infection.

Ohio's Department of Health said Monday that a 71-year-old Lake County man had to be hospitalized. General symptoms occur suddenly between 5-15 days following the bite of an infected mosquito and range from slight fever, headache, rash, swollen lymph nodes, nausea, malaise and eye pain, to the rapid onset of severe headache, high fever, stiff neck, disorientation, severe muscle weakness, gastrointestinal symptoms, coma or death.

Statistics from the Will County Health Department Environmental Health Division reportedly show that out of 14 mosquito traps operated by the health department, nine have produced positive West Nile virus samples.

West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease - This is the most serious type, infecting the brain and spinal cord. Of those infected by West Nile, there is a whole spectrum of symptoms the individual could potentially take on and ranges from no symptoms at all to severe cases involving meningitis and encephalitis, she said. Most people who become infected with West Nile virus do not have any symptoms. Additionally, it is important to check the condition of window screens to prevent mosquitoes coming inside one's home.

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Experts say eliminating standing water can help control mosquitoes. Always follow the package directions when using repellents.

The one fact that contradicts that is the lack of human cases so far this season.

A woman from the Will County portion of Aurora was diagnosed with West Nile virus after being treated at Rush Copley Medical Center, county health department officials said in a news release.

According to Ashlyn Becton, the City of Valdosta uses every resource available to municipalities to protect its citizens from mosquito-borne diseases through a Public Works operated spraying and larvicide program, a joint surveillance program with Valdosta State University and Lowndes County, and through public education.

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