Jefferson County bird tests positive for West Nile Virus

Lexington health department reports West Nile virus case in human

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

The agency did not disclose any details about the victim in reporting the death Monday.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed that it's second death this year related to the virus in the state.

West Nile Virus (WNV) is a disease that is transmitted by the bites from infected mosquitoes.

The West Nile virus is serious and can sometimes be fatal.

Mild illness may include headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting diarrhea, or rash.

"We urge people to protect themselves against West Nile", said Dr Sarah Moyer, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Four deaths connected to West Nile have been reported in MI in 2018.

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Around one in 150 people who are infected develop severe illness affecting the central nervous system, such as encephalitis or meningitis, and effects can be permanent.

On a personal level, Gallant said that residents should take measures such as wearing long-sleeved clothing and applying insect repellent with DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus, among other types.

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

Remove water standing for more than 3 days from bird baths, pet dishes, flower pots, outdoor stored automotive tires or neglected swimming pools.

Wear long sleeves and trousers during dusk and dawn.

Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside. People 50 years of age or older have the greatest risk of complications.

West Nile Virus can not be transmitted from person to person.


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