Published: Sat, September 29, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

West Nile death reported in Haldimand-Norfolk

West Nile death reported in Haldimand-Norfolk

Through an investigation, the Lubbock Health Department was unable to confirm if the person contracted West Nile Virus in Lubbock.

Several weeks after reporting the first local West Nile virus (WNV) related human illness, local health officials are sharing the results of a wildlife infection test that reconfirms the need for extra cautionary measures.

The health commissioner says the pattern of hot and wet weather this summer led to an increase in mosquito populations and associated viruses.

While most people with the virus never develop symptoms and won't realize they have the virus, about 20% of the people develop West Nile fever. These individuals are urged to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes during mosquito season, which extends from June 1 through November 1.

State health officials last weekend also advised of confirmed positive West Nile infections in horses in five counties in the state, including Seward, Marion and Wichita counties in The News coverage area. There have been no deaths from West Nile in 2018.

Ruis added that 80 percent of the people infected with West Nile Virus experience no symptoms.

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Limit time spent outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

West Nile encephalitis is more serious, and may have additional symptoms, including neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis.

Wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, socks, and shoes.

Maintain window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of buildings.

Empty water from mosquito breeding sites such as buckets, unused kiddie pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes lay eggs.

There have been no human cases of either virus to date.

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