West Nile Virus confirmed in mosquitoes in Tuscarawas County
11 August, 2018, 11:40 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
The department's anti-mosquito campaign is dubbed "Fight the Bite".
"There is no specific treatment, but there is supportive care", said Kwit, such as taking medicine, getting plenty of liquids and resting.
This follows detection of the virus in mosquito surveillance pools from Cascade, Hill, and Lewis & Clark counties.
Symptoms of West Nile virus in humans are typically like those of a mild flu, but the virus can lead to a more serious condition that includes swelling of the brain, muscle convulsions, coma, paralysis and death.
DEP and county partners throughout the state will also conduct routine, localized spraying events to control infected adult populations of mosquitoes.
Six human cases of West Nile have been reported so far this year in Louisiana.
It's a reminder that you should take precautions if outdoors, especially around dusk and dawn.
DEET - Cover exposed skin with an insect repellent containing the DEET, which is the most effective repellent against mosquito bites. Residents can also avoid leaving standing water around their home.
For more information, call the health department at 740-695-1202 or visit www.belmontcountyhealth.com.
State officials say there have been higher rates of mosquitoes carrying the virus this year due to humid weather. The infected mosquitoes can then transmit WNV to humans and animals.
According to the report, occasionally live chickens are tested to determine if West Nile is present in a particular area. In Ohio, West Nile virus was first identified in birds and mosquitoes in 2001. When there is one case that has recently occurred in a county but the risk is not confined to that area, like a mosquito-borne disease, we report by region so individuals in a potential risk area are informed and the chance that the person's identity could be discovered is reduced. West Nile virus is now established in OH where cases occur each year and seasonal epidemics can flare up under certain conditions in the summer and continue into the fall.
The disease, which has infected more than 150 people in the past six years, is on track to pose an unusually higher-than-normal risk this year and is widespread throughout the commonwealth, having already been found in 51 Pennsylvania counties as of August 1, including Dauphin. The severe symptoms may last several weeks, and neurologic effects may be permanent. Fever generally resolves itself without treatment, but risky brain infections such as encephalitis or meningitis can develop in 1 out of 150 people.
West Nile virus infection can only be diagnosed by a health care provider.
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