West Nile Virus Found In Midwest Mosquitoes And People

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Health officials say July through September are the peak months of West Nile in Mississippi.

Thus far this mosquito season, no human in Allegheny County has tested positive for the West Nile virus. Several species of mosquitoes are responsible for transmission of arboviruses but Culex species are the primary vector for West Nile virus in Kansas and the United States.

In 2017, there were 20 human cases of West Nile virus reported in Pennsylvania.

Consider using mosquito repellent, as per the directions mentioned on it, whenever you stay outdoors for extended periods.

The virus tends to show up between three to 14 days after a bite by an infected mosquito.

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In about one percent of infections, West Nile virus can cause a severe illness affecting the central nervous system, such as encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord). People with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and people who have received organ transplants, are also at greater risk.

Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets and barrels. Aedes aegypti is not found in CT but a related species, Aedes albopictus, has been identified in the southwestern area of the state and it is also considered capable of transmission of the Zika virus. However most people make a full recovery.

The health district said use mosquito repellent as directed on the package. "Wear long sleeve shirts, and trousers if you can".

Fix holes in screens and attach properly to windows. The local health department or city government might be able to add larvicide to the water, which will kill any mosquito eggs. Dunks can be picked up at the Health Department during normal business hours, Monday - Friday, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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