Tammany Parish confirms first human case of West Nile virus this year

West Nile Virus - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Just a day after DuPage County issued an advisory about an increase in West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes, the county's first human case of the illness has been reported.

The 52 year old man spent time in the hospital and recovered after being treated.

West Nile virus is a disease that is spread from infected corvid birds (crows, ravens, magpies, and jays) to humans through mosquito bites.

Even so, the standard warnings about avoiding being bitten by mosquitoes and about getting rid of standing water - including neglected swimming pools - so mosquitoes can't breed are in full effect. July was a wet month with numerous storms and heavy rainfall. Benton, Franklin, Grant, Kittitas, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Yakima counties all reported cases.

Veterinarians who learn of potential West Nile virus cases in horses or other animals should contact the state veterinarian's office at 360-902-1878.

During the 2016 season, 51 mosquito samples and one horse were reported with WNV in Grant County.

Tips on how to protect yourself from West Nile, and how to help with the prevention of mosquitoes, can be found here.

Use insect repellents containing DEET, carefully following application instructions and never spraying it directly on a child.

Stay indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are the most active.

Make sure windows and doors are "bug tight" and fix or replace screens as needed. Make sure roof gutters drain properly; and clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall and fix leaky outdoor faucets and sprinklers.

Spring is the best time to vaccinate horses, but vaccines can still be effective now.



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