South Shore: West Nile Virus Detected in Multiple Communities

West Nile virus found in mosquito sample in Sycamore
Case of West Nile virus confirmed in Rock Hill
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17 August, 2017

About half of the people who contract the virus don't show any symptoms, as is the case for Sheriff Pelle.

A 44-year-old man from Clermont County is recovering from the West Nile virus infection and did not require hospitalization, health officials said.

Juan Rodriguez, the chief epidemiologist at the Denton County Health Department, reminded residents Wednesday that it was important to minimize their exposure to mosquitoes.

Mosquito traps set August 2 west of Highway 88 and north of Centerville Lane also tested positive of the West Nile Virus.

There have been no human cases in DeKalb County this year, but the department is urging residents to take preventative measures.

Most people infected with the virus do not become seriously ill, but some experience flu-like symptoms and about 1 percent of them can develop serious neurologic illness. WNV is a viral disease affecting the central nervous system that can be transmitted to humans by mosquitoes.

West Nile Virus has been detected in some local communities.

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Onondaga County says that eight mosquito pools from samples collected last week have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

People are most at risk for getting bitten by mosquitoes at dawn and dusk when the blood-sucking creatures are most active.

Use mosquito repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus when outdoors.

Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so regularly tipping out wading pools, buckets, bird baths and outdoor pet bowls is one way to keep them at bay.

Check your window and door screens to make sure there are no holes to allow mosquitoes in your home.

Wear long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks when outdoors between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.


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