The West Nile virus is here. Eight of the people sickened are over the age of 61, including the three who are now hospitalized. (The 11th patient only developed a fever). Most people infected with the virus will have no symptoms. Residents should routinely dump standing water on their property, use Environmental Protection Agency-approved insect repellent, and dress in long sleeves and trousers. The department of health said there have been four deaths related to the virus.
The larvicide briquettes placed in areas of standing water to reduce the mosquito threat should not be handled or disturbed by the public and will remain effective up to 45 days after placement.
DHS will continue surveillance for West Nile virus until the end of the mosquito season. During 2017, 51 cases of West Nile virus infection were reported among Wisconsin residents. The peak seasons were in 2003, 2010, and 2012, but recent years have been "relatively mild", the Health Department said. Unfortunately, no vaccine for the West Nile fever is now available, but here are a few ways to prevent an infection. During 2002, the state documented its first human infections and 52 cases were reported that year.
Statewide, two dozen people have been hospitalized this year as a result of West Nile, according to a separate press release by the Massachusetts Department of Health.
The best way to avoid exposure to West Nile virus is to avoid mosquito bites. Most people infected with this virus will have no symptoms, and about one in five individuals who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms, according to information posted on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
West Nile virus is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.
In Lafourche, at least one person this year has contracted a severe form of West Nile that affects the brain, state data show.
Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, birdbaths, old vehicle tires, rain gutters and pet bowls. Also, 25 people died from the infection.
Anyone experiencing unexplained headaches, weakness, and fatigue, is urged to visit a doctor.