Groups of Mosquitoes & Chickens Infected with West Nile Virus in Butte County

Officials say two pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus

West Nile virus was also found in one horse and 10 birds this week, and experts say it won't slow down anytime soon.

Anyone who believes they, or someone they know, has West Nile Virus, should consult a healthcare provider for evaluation and diagnosis.

"The best way to avoid mosquito-borne diseases is to prevent mosquito bites", states the DOH website.

"It's really important that after a rainstorm comes through that you clean up your yard", said Jessica Rigler, branch chief for public-health preparedness at the Arizona Department for Health Services.

Use effective insect repellent such as DEET or Picaridin.

Unfortunately, the West Nile mosquitoes have spread. "With the temperatures we're seeing here, that's not really feasible for a lot of people" she said.

DHEC identified South Carolina's first human case of West Nile Virus of the 2018 season on August 1st in an individual residing in the Pee Dee Region.

Eighty percent of people infected with the virus have no symptoms, while 20 percent report a flu-like state. The primary mosquito that transmits EEE breeds in freshwater swamps. People with more severe illness may experience symptoms such as stiff neck, confusion, paralysis, coma and even death. While the majority of people infected with WNV have no symptoms, the virus can cause serious symptoms in some people, especially those over 65 years old and those who are immunocompromised. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for WNV.

At this point past year, DCHHS had reported six West Nile infections. They can be infected when they feed on the blood of infected birds. "The outbreak occurred in an area including two worldwide airports".

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