Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

(10:10 AM) County Confirms Detection Of West Nile Virus

Second death from West Nile recorded in western Missouri Second death from West Nile recorded in western Missouri
Celia Hoffman | 13 October, 2018, 00:50

Share this article: Mosquitoes can transmit the viruses that cause West Nile fever. In 2017, there were 268 human cases of the virus in the county, and a record 27 deaths.

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

Human cases of West Nile Virus have also been identified in Point Breeze, Morningside, Highland Park, Carrick and Penn Hills. 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.

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With unseasonably warm weather and an especially wet summer, the West Nile threat in Lebanon County this summer has been both longer and more pronounced than in previous seasons. Humans - and horses - get the disease when they're bitten by those mosquitoes. The virus was first noticed in 2000 in Pennsylvania. The symptoms typically last only a few days. Health authorities warn all the residents of nearby areas to be careful and pay attention to health. For one in 150 people the mosquito bite can develop into a life-altering illness.

Since West Nile is spread to people by infected mosquitoes, health officials urge getting rid of standing water sources around the home that can be mosquito breeding areas, checking window and door screens for holes, and covering up and using insect repellent outdoors. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, old auto tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.

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