Sussex County man contracts West Nile Virus

Pearl Mccarthy
August 11, 2018

Across the state of OH, 35 counties reported West Nile virus activity, including positive mosquito tests and cases of the virus in humans and horses.

The patient's zip code was 75229, which is in Northwest Dallas just south of 635.

Use insect repellent when outdoors; a repellent with DEET or Icaridin offers the most effective protection. Other strategies to avoid West Nile Virus are wearing light colored, long and loose clothing, draining all standing water, and limiting outdoor exposure during dusk and dawn.

Dallas is not alone in reporting West Nile virus cases.

The CDC says that most people infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms.

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The press release said that from the first confirmed West Nile infection in 2012 to the end of 2017, a total of 574 infections were reported in Serbia, 61 of which were fatal. Approximately 80% of persons infected experience no symptoms, but up to 20% of persons can develop a mild illness, called West Nile fever. In addition, in Vernon there is a trap to detect the Aedes albopictus mosquito, which can carry the Zika virus. They routinely collect samples for testing.

For most mosquitoes in the USA, activity peaks during the dusk hours. Fever generally resolves itself without treatment, but risky brain infections such as encephalitis or meningitis can develop in 1 out of 150 people. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for WNV.

While some of the tropical viruses spreading into the United States are a result of climate change, West Nile Virus most likely came to the United States via global travel or trade, said Kwit. Drain such areas around your home (gutters, pools, tires, buckets, water bowls, etc.).

The West Nile Virus is transmitted by mosquitoes and maintained among birds. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Mosquito Control Section has seen an increase of WNV found in wild birds and sentinel chickens.

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