Marquez said there has not been a reported case of anyone in Baytown being bitten and coming down with West Nile Virus, but there are three reported cases in the county.
The McLean County Health Department has received notification that a bird from the 61704 zip code in the Bloomington area has tested positive for West Nile virus. Up to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms and will recover on their own naturally. He spent 17 days in the hospital in August as doctors did tests to determine the cause for his extreme illness.
Marquez said they test not only for West Nile but also for the Zika Virus and Chickamauga. Suffolk County reported seven human cases in 2017, five human cases in both 2015 and 2016, one in 2014, and four in both 2011 and 2013. In rare cases, West Nile virus can be more serious and even fatal. Life-threatening symptoms include headache, rash, high fever, stiff neck, mental confusion, and other symptoms.
Amherst Selectmen's Chairman Dwight Brew said last week that he talked with the town health officer Scott Tenney after the report came out.
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Health departments continue to advise the public to remain diligent in their personal mosquito protection efforts by remembering to "Drain and Cover". "So it's actually less common to have symptoms they can be as mild as cold-like symptoms- so congestion, cough, headache, body aches and only the more severe cases are gonna have the headaches and fevers". However, horses can be protected from West Nile virus by a vaccine that is readily available from veterinarians.
Clothing - Wear shoes, socks, and long trousers and long-sleeves. These individuals are urged to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes during mosquito season, which extends from June 1 through November 1.
Use an EPA-registered insect repellent.
Anyone who develops symptoms should seek medical care immediately.