Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Medicine | By Ray Hunter

Drain the pools of water: West Nile reaches record high in Pa.

Drain the pools of water: West Nile reaches record high in Pa.

"This indicates that West Nile infected mosquitoes are now present throughout our community", Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, said in a statement.

A 24-year-old woman has been diagnosed with suspected West Nile viral (WNV) infection and is been kept under observation at Medical College Hospital in Kozhikode district of Kerala. Less than 1 percent of those infected with the virus develop a severe illness, with additional symptoms including disorientation, tremors, muscle weakness, numbness and paralysis. The deadly disease, which can cause serious neurological diseases in humans, was confirmed after samples sent from here tested positive at the National Institute of Virology, Pune. "People over 50 years old and those with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if infected with the virus". Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. Always use according to label instructions.

To combat the risk of infection, residents are advised to use mosquito repellent, wear long trousers and sleeves to cover exposed skin, and avoid areas where mosquitoes congregate.

There were a total of 25 reported human cases in 2017, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's website. Clothing should be light-colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.

More information about insect repellents can be found here. One hundred thirty four human cases of WNV, including three fatalities, have been diagnosed in CT residents since 2000.

To reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard, be sure to remove any standing water from items such as pots, hot tubs, pools, buckets or wheelbarrows. Since 2000, 134 human cases of West Nile virus have been diagnosed in CT residents including three fatalities.

Health experts ask the public to use repellant to help prevent mosquito bites.

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