West Nile cases found in First State horses

Alicia Farmer
September 2, 2018

The first confirmed case of West Nile in Harrison County was reported Monday. Most people with this type of West Nile virus completely recover.

The Mississippi Department of Health has reported a case in Lauderdale County.

MS reported 63 West Nile cases and two deaths in 2017.

Birds and horses can also contract the virus.

Officials said the virus is generally transmitted through mosquito bites which generally occurred during the height of the mosquito season.

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Dressing in long sleeve shirts and trousers can limit mosquito bites, making sure your house doors and windows are closed tightly and staying inside in the morning and at night could help prevent getting bitten.

According to the health unit, about 80 per cent of people who become infected won't show symptoms. West Nile can develop into a severe illness that can affect the central nervous system.

Since the reported cases, the Harrison County Mosquito Control Center has increased their efforts to help decrease the amount of mosquitoes and larvae in the area. You should apply insect repellant containing DEET and avoid being outside during the dawn and dusk hours when mosquito activity is highest.

Prevent mosquitoes from breeding by removing stagnant water from items around your property, such as tin cans, plastic containers, flower pots, discarded tires, roof gutters, and downspouts. "But then I said, well with all the rain and everything anything's possible with the mosquitos that have been out and about as much as they have been".

The victim is a 50-year-old man, and his case represents the fifth diagnosis in a MA resident this year, the Boston Public Health Commission said in a statement. To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay, or raven, please call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.

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