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Halton - West Nile Virus Outbreak Enters The City

Halton - West Nile Virus Outbreak Enters The City

"Even as we move into the fall months with fluctuating temperatures, it is crucial to protect yourself against mosquito bites and possible West Nile virus infection", Pozzi said.

There was a human case previously reported in LaSalle County in 2017. They note most people infected with West Nile Virus have no symptoms.

Health officials are encouraging residents to take proper steps to minimize the risk of West Nile Virus.

West Nile virus has been detected in CT every year since 1999.

Carson City Health and Human Services and Douglas County Mosquito Abatement are reporting Thursday the first human case of West Nile virus in the Carson City, Douglas County area for 2018.

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Anyone bitten by an infected mosquito can get sick, but only some 20 percent of the people infected with the virus show illness; in OH, the highest risk is to people older than 50 years of age.

For others, symptoms may occur within 2 to 15 days after infection.

Less than 1 percent of people who are infected will develop a serious neurologic illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues).

Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches.

Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents. "Today's announcement illustrates why we continue to urge everyone to be vigilant about avoiding mosquito bites". People who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay, or robin should contact the health department, which will determine if the bird will be picked up for testing. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes. Precautions include practicing the three "R's" - Reduce, Repel and Report. Fix or replace screens that have tears or other openings. "Since mosquitoes breed in shallow pools of water, more rainfall means more places to lay eggs". More information about insect repellents can be found here.