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Health department says mosquitoes with West Nile virus found in Kentucky

Health department says mosquitoes with West Nile virus found in Kentucky

The department says 12 Iowans were diagnosed with West Nile virus past year and two died. But one person was infected previous year and survived.in 2016, two people contracted the disease with one death.

It's not uncommon to find West Nile virus in mosquitoes found in Peel Region.

Despite the low numbers of nuisance mosquitoes this summer, the numbers of infected Culex tarsalis continue to increase.

"Mosquito-borne diseases overall are increasing", CDC spokeswoman Kate Fowley told weather.com.

Most people who are bitten by an infected mosquito either have no symptoms or have temporary, flu-like symptoms while others contract a much more severe illness. WNV is maintained in nature in a cycle involving transmission between birds and mosquitoes. A very small proportion of human infections have occurred through organ transplant, blood transfusions and breast milk. Eight out of 10 people will never experience any symptoms.

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West Nile Virus affects the nervous system and some mild symptoms include fever, headaches and muscle aches that can last days to weeks.

In Maryland, there were five reported cases of West Nile previous year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Prince George's County announced its first human case of the virus on Wednesday. Of those, 23 cases involved meningitis or encephalitis. Standing water is an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. "You should wear insect repellant if you go outside during dusk or dawn and should remove standing water around your home". The use of mosquito nets can be useful at night, particularly for infants.

Be sure to check screens for holes and run the air conditioner when you can.


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