Thursday, 21 February, 2019

Langlade County Bird tests positive for West Nile Virus

Officials report first West Nile virus case in Lubbock County Officials report first West Nile virus case in Lubbock County
Melissa Porter | 29 September, 2018, 00:50

Health officials in Georgia confirm that two more residents of Dougherty County have been diagnosed with West Nile Virus infections, bringing the season total to four in the Southwest Health District.

The agency did not disclose any details about the victim in reporting the death Monday.

Allegan County Health officials announced a resident's death from West Nile virus, according to a statement released on Tuesday by the county.

Humans are exposed to the virus when they are bitten by an infected mosquito.

West Nile may cause few or flu-like symptoms, but in a small number of cases, it can also cause encephalitis.

Individuals who have medical questions related to West Nile virus may call the Suffolk County Department of Health Services' Division of Public Health: 631-854-0333.

Avoid being outdoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Keep door and window screens in good working condition.

Empty water from mosquito breeding sites such as buckets, unused kiddie pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes lay eggs. Less than 1% of people infected with the virus get seriously ill with symptoms that include high fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, mental confusion, tremors, confusion, paralysis, and coma. Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of developing central nervous system illness that can be fatal. During 2017, 51 cases of West Nile virus infection were reported among Wisconsin residents.

There have been no human cases of either virus to date.

Too, anyone spotting a dead bird should report it online or by calling a special toll free hotline: 1-877-WNV-BIRD (968-2473).