MS reports first West Nile virus human case of 2018

Alberta Health Services is reminding the public to protect themselves against mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus.-FILE

Alberta Health Services is reminding the public to protect themselves against mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus.-FILE

"Weather permitting, the Health District's Residential Services Unit will fog in the area north to Condit Road, south to Hartford Road, west to Centerburg Road, and east to Meredith Road", a DGHD press release states. West Nile Virus is active throughout the State of California.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are no vaccines available to prevent West Nile virus (WNV) or medications available to treat it.

"The first case of 2018 is a reminder that each year we have WNV cases in MS and that all Mississippians need to act now to reduce their risk of infection regardless of where they live in the state", he said.

Warren County has the most cases so far with eight, according to the Department of Health, followed by Somerset with two. This is also called West Nile encephalitis or meningitis.

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Between 2003 and last year, Alberta recorded 514 cases of West Nile - although there's been only a handful over the past couple years.

In addition to birds and humans, horses are also affected by West Nile virus. Most people who end up with West Nile get it from a mosquito bite.

"Because some mosquitoes carry West Nile virus, it's important to avoid being bitten at all". Around 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever, with other possible symptoms including headache, aches and pains, throwing up, diarrhea or rash. This severe illness is more common in those over 60 years of age and those with compromised immune systems.

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