Friday, 19 October, 2018

Human West Nile Virus case reported in Tolono

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Samantha Long | 13 October, 2018, 00:48

Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocol, the Knox County Health Department will spray for mosquitoes in these areas on Thursday, Oct. 11 between 8:30 p.m. and 2 a.m., weather permitting, to reduce the Culex mosquito population and the risk of WNV spreading to humans, with follow-up sprayings on Oct. 25. That figure excludes Long Beach and Pasadena because cases in those cities are reported by their local health departments, authorities said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with this person's family and friends during this sad time".

Shaffer says people should use insect repellent, wear long sleeve shirts and trousers and stay indoors between dusk and dawn.

An Asian Tiger Mosquito, which breeds in standing water, is near water droplets in Anderson.

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Despite the death, this has proven to be a relatively calm year in terms of West Nile infections. Two other deaths occurred in Placer and Yolo counties.

Use of commonly sold insect repellents, such as DEET or Picaridin, can also cut down on mosquito bites and possible exposure to the virus. Humans - and horses - get the disease when they're bitten by those mosquitoes.

Most people who contract the virus don't notice any symptoms. But a very small number can develop encephalitis or meningitis that can be fatal. 38 cases have been confirmed this year, but this is the first to result in a fatality. Health officials said people over age 50 and people with chronic medical conditions such as cancer or diabetes have a higher risk of developing severe neuro-invasive disease from a West Nile infection that can lead to brain infections, paralysis or even death. For many, recovery from their illness can take a year or more with ongoing physical and mental problems.

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