Published: Sun, September 02, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

West Nile virus claims life of Kent County resident

West Nile virus claims life of Kent County resident

The state health department is warning folks about several West Nile Virus cases statewide.

A likely case of West Nile had been detected in a person in Allegan County earlier this week.

Seven human cases of the mosquito-borne illness have been discovered in NY state so far this year, with three recent cases in Nassau, Westchester and Monroe counties. Most people infected with West Nile virus never experience symptoms, but those who do can develop a fever, fatigue, vomiting, body aches, and rashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Birds and horses can also contract the virus.

The West Nile virus is spread to people through the bites of mosquitoes that have fed on birds that are infected with the disease.

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Residents are also advised to take measures to reduce the number of mosquitos in their yard by dumping all standing water weekly to prevent them from breeding, as well as treating larger pools of water with larvicide.

However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms. Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of developing central nervous system illness that can be fatal. "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". West Nile virus infections in humans have been reported from June through October; however, most reported becoming ill with West Nile virus in August and September.

Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside.

Last year, in Georgia almost 48 cases of West Nile were reported, with at least seven deaths. You should apply insect repellant containing DEET and avoid being outside during the dawn and dusk hours when mosquito activity is highest.

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