Fairfield and Newington Residents Test Positive for West Nile Virus

The virus is spread by mosquito bites

West Nile virus can cause symptoms like fever, headache, body ache, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or rashes, said Dr. Michael Kilkenny, physician director for the Cabell County Health Department, though the disease commonly presents no symptoms in an infected person. But this is the first positive sample for 2018. During all of 2017, there was one human case reported while the total number of ZIP Codes testing positive was four.

Greene County Public Health (GCPH) recently received notice from ODH that the positive result came from a pool of mosquitoes in Beavercreek in the neighborhood of N. Fairfield Road, Hanes Road, Kemp Road, and Suburban Drive.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is warning Saskatoon residents about West Nile virus after mosquitoes caught in two traps within city limits were confirmed to be infected with the virus. This species is also known to bite during the daytime just as much as they can at both dawn and dusk. Symptoms include high fever, convulsions and muscle weakness, and the illness can put someone in a comatose state. People over age 50 and those with diabetes or hypertension are more likely to develop the most serious symptoms.

This year, West Nile has not yet been found in a Wisconsin resident. County health officials said in the release that there have been no human cases in DeKalb County this year.

To test for the virus, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health conducts an adult mosquito surveillance program.

DRESS APPROPRIATELY-Wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and socks.

To stave off infection, the CDC recommends using insect repellents with 1 of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, lemon eucalyptus oil, para-menthane-diol, or 2-undercanone. Try to avoid outdoor activities during these times.

Also, be sure door and window screens are tight fitting and in good fix to avoid mosquito bites when indoors.

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