Public health officials warn of increased West Nile activity

05 August, 2018, 00:02 | Author: Joshua Bennett
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The initial body fluid sample taken from the 24-year-old woman and sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune has been confirmed as that of the West Nile viral infection. Less than 1 percent of those infected with the virus develop a severe illness, with additional symptoms including disorientation, tremors, muscle weakness, numbness and paralysis.

Officials say recent heavy rains are creating conditions for the spread of West Nile. "It is imperative that Pennsylvania residents take common-sense precautions to protect themselves from mosquitoes", said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell in a news release.

Empty and clean every place that has or could collect water, even the birth baths, and clear the yard of all items that can collect rainwater to get rid of all standing water.

For more tips on mosquito bite prevention, click or tap here.

Do not forget to use insect repellant when you go outdoors.

DRAIN standing water around your house weekly.


The West Nile virus, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), barely exhibits any signs or symptoms when it infects humans.

DUSK and DAWN are when mosquitoes are most active. Since 2000, 134 human cases of West Nile virus have been diagnosed in CT residents including three fatalities.

"We urge those who are recreating outdoors to take common sense steps to prevent bug bites, including the use of mosquito repellents, along with wearing long trousers and long-sleeved shirts". The West Nile virus is a life-threatening disease that is contracted through an infected mosquito bite.

Maryland's Department of Agriculture said it found the virus in mosquitoes collected in the Riverdale Park area of Prince George's County.

Wear shoes, socks, long trousers, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods, or when mosquitoes are most active.

"We are detecting more West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes, including those that readily feed on humans, than is typical for this time of year", said Dr. Philip Armstrong, Medical Entomologist at the CAES. She also said that the symptoms are the same as that of Japanese Encephalitis or Meningitis.

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