Friday, 21 September, 2018

Three cases of West Nile Virus reported in Arkansas

Two Dougherty Co. residents diagnosed with West Nile Virus Two Dougherty Co. residents diagnosed with West Nile Virus Mosquitoes carry the heartworm disease
Celia Hoffman | 14 September, 2018, 23:15

While most people infected with the virus show no symptoms, some may have high fever, severe headache, tiredness and/or a stiff neck that can last several days to several weeks.

The health unit says the reminder follows confirmation Tuesday that a second mosquito pool in Corunna tested positive for West Nile virus. No human cases have been reported so far this season, according to the health department. As many already know, the disease can be transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitos.

MS has among the highest numbers of serious West Nile infections nationwide.

Be sure to always use insect repellent whenever going outdoors. Although mosquitoes are not killed until a hard frost occurs, they are extremely unlikely to be active when temperatures fall below 50 degrees in the evening.

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And check and fix screen doors to help prevent mosquitoes from entering your home. Fix or replace screens that have tears or holes.

Colby noted only about one in 150 infected with West Nile get seriously ill.

Drain standing water in flower pots, pet dishes or clogged gutters so mosquitoes don't have a place to breed, and treat water that can't be drained. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property by emptying flower pots, old auto tires, buckets and other containers. Californians are encouraged to report dead birds on the website or by calling toll-free 1-877-WNV-BIRD.

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