West Nile Virus On The Rise

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A second person in Clark County this year has contracted West Nile virus.

Goodman reported that Yolo County has taken 58 mosquito samples that showed signs of West Nile virus.

DPH is urging Georgians to protect themselves from mosquito bites, especially when they are outside for the Labor Day weekend.

Health officials recommend wearing insect repellent and long trousers and long-sleeve shirts outdoors, especially during dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most likely to be active. Mosquito species known to transmit diseases are tested for West Nile virus and other mosquito transmitted viruses.

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"These first two deaths in California due to West Nile virus is a reminder of the serious risk of mosquito bites", Davis said.

Symptoms of the milder form of illness, West Nile fever, can include headache, fever, muscle and joint aches, nausea and fatigue.

The elderly, those with compromised immune systems or those with underlying medical conditions are at greater risk for complications from the disease. Symptoms typically present in 20 percent of people who are exposed. If people have symptoms and suspect West Nile virus infection, they should contact their healthcare provider. State public health officials withheld demographic information, hospitals providing care or more precise regions where the infections occurred, citing patient privacy laws.

DPH continues to work with local health departments and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to control and aid in West Nile virus surveillance and mosquito control.

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Last year, 19 Californians died of West Nile virus. The CDC recommends products with the active ingredients of DEET, Picaridin or IR3535.

Vaccination is the best way to protect horses from both West Nile virus and Eastern Equine encephalitis.

The Health Department says homeowners should eliminate mosquito breeding and harboring sites on their property. Horse owners should work with their veterinarian to make sure their horse is properly vaccinated.

Dress with long sleeves, long trousers and closed-toe shoes when outside.

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People spending time outdoors are advised to wear mosquito repellant and treating their clothing with permethrin products to prevent bites.

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