West Nile virus death toll rises to 22

West Nile virus death toll rises to 22

West Nile virus death toll rises to 22

The individual resides in the Town of Babylon.

The virus is passed through bites from infected mosquitoes.

The majority of people infected with the disease are asymptomatic, but possible symptoms are fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting or rashes on various parts of the body. Those with a more severe infection may experience high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, paralysis and death.

The State Veterinarian urges horse owners to contact their veterinarians as soon as possible, as we are in the midst of peak mosquito season, to have horses and other equines vaccinated against West Nile and EEE. Older adults and people with compromised immune systems are at an increased risk of severe disease from the virus. "As long as mosquitoes continue to be active, we need to take precautions to protect ourselves from the virus". To date, Nebraska has reported 79 cases with 42 of the cases being neuroinvasive.

This is the third case of West Nile reported in DE horses in 2018. Recommendations include wearing mosquito repellent ...dress in long-sleeved shirts, trousers and socks when outside and limit outdoor activity during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

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According to the health department, most human cases occur in August and September.

"There is no discernible trend", said Dr. Tomarken.

A mosquito pool in Gage County has tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

Locally, the health unit's surveillance program has shown that West Nile virus activity remains within local and historical norms.

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