West Nile Virus Outbreak in MA is Ongoing

Alicia Farmer
September 8, 2018

"We have a flock of chickens that we keep in different strategic locations around the county and then we can take blood samples from those chickens to see if they are developing antibodies to virus", said Eric Jackson of the Lee County Mosquito Control District.

According to the Center, in 2018 the European Union reported 710 cases with fever among the people, and neighboring countries, the European Union is still 265 cases.

It is known that 80% of the West Nile virus victims don't show any specific symptoms, but one in 150 individuals will be hit by a central nervous system disease caused by it.

Health officials confirmed the first West Nile Virus case of 2018 in the Carson City, Douglas County area.

West Nile virus has been detected in CT every year since 1999.

West Nile virus positive results in humans, birds, mosquitoes, and/or horses have been reported in 58 counties this year, including LaSalle County, where mosquitoes tested positive in Ottawa and crows have tested positive in LaSalle and Streator.

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Hendry and Glades Counties remain on the list as among those to have never reported a single case of West Nile Virus. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis, encephalitis or even death can occur. Those symptoms include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures or paralysis.

Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents.

They'll continue weekly trapping of mosquitoes and have them tested at a lab.

- Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than two months old.

REDUCE - Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. The local health department or city government may be able to add larvicide to the water, which will kill any mosquito eggs.

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