Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

West Nile Fever cases soar - English

West Nile Fever cases soar - English

As a result, the department has issued a mosquito-borne illness advisory as a precaution to residents and visitors.

So far, there are eight cases of horses contracting the disease - three in Holmes, two in Lorain, one in Stark, one in Wayne and one in Medina County.

West Nile virus can lead to serious illness and death, although a majority infected will not show symptoms.

Find out more on Halton Region's West Nile virus program.

The case is the eighth West Nile Virus report of 2018 overall.

Health officials in Atlantic County say four additional mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile Virus in the area.

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A total of 134 human cases of West Nile virus were diagnosed in CT residents before 2018. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks.

Adults 50 years or older and those with weakened immune symptoms are at risk of developing more severe symptoms such as acute headache, high fever, stiff neck, nausea or vomiting, difficulty swallowing or confusion.

Almost 80 percent of people infected with WNV will not become ill. In addition to treating that area for those mosquitoes, they also test the chickens weekly to help monitor their progress.

Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents. People who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay, or robin should contact the health department, which will determine if the bird will be picked up for testing.

Mosquito-proof your home. Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside. Fix or replace screens that have tears or holes.

- Empty children's wading pools at least once per week and store them indoors when not in use. 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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