Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Health Care | By Belinda Paul

Equine Health Alert: First Case of West Nile Reported in NY

Equine Health Alert: First Case of West Nile Reported in NY

Public health officials also said an unusually high number of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus on Cape Cod.

Since 2000, there have been 134 human cases of West Nile virus-associated illnesses and three deaths in the state.

Public health officials will continue to monitor for mosquitoes by checking for standing water, applying larvacide, trapping and testing mosquitoes, and spraying adulticide if indicated. Additional prevention measures include wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers to avoid bites, and draining any items that hold water inside and outside of homes, such as birdbaths, pools, trash containers, and buckets. The city urges residents to survey their own property to ensure any potential breeding areas are properly maintained.

West Nile fever generally resolves itself without treatment, but risky brain infections such as encephalitis or meningitis can develop in 1 out of 150 people, according to the press release. Those who become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, or rash.

The majority of people, approximately 80 percent, who are infected with West Nile virus do not get sick.

West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes have been found in Adams, Boulder, Larimer and Weld counties this season.

August and September are traditionally the peak times for virus transmission of the mosquitoborne virus.

Since 1999, when the virus was first detected in CT, cases have cropped up ever year.

Some of the early symptoms include can include a fever, weak muscles, aches and pains, confusion and even sensitivity to light or tremors. "Change out water in bird baths and pet watering bowls weekly and place screening on rain barrels".

Landscape to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas.

'Until the state's first hard frost, whether it's for work or play, being outside means there's a risk for West Nile virus'.

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