Half of Kansas identified as at ‘high-risk’ for West Nile virus

West Nile virus

An individual who lived in Southeastern North Carolina died from West Nile virus infection last week. This indicates that WNV is actively circulating in mosquito populations in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia areas this year.

Symptoms of West Nile Virus include fever, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph nodes. Mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus are more likely to bite during the evening, night, and early morning. About one out of 150 infected people develop swelling of the brain or brain tissue that, in some cases, can result in death.

According to a press release, this is the first bird that tested positive for West Nile virus in Milwaukee County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1.

"Know your risk and take action to prevent mosquito bites to protect yourself and your family against West Nile virus", said Dr. Greg Lakin, State Health Officer.

According to the North Shore Health Department, the majority of people (80%) who are infected with West Nile virus do not get sick.

Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living reports favorable weather conditions this season have kept the numbers of nuisance mosquitoes low in many southern Manitoba communities. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and trousers at these times, or consider staying indoors during these hours.

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Drain - Empty any containers holding standing water - buckets, barrels, flower pots and tarps - because they are breeding grounds for virus-carrying mosquitoes.

Make sure window and door screens are in good fix to prevent mosquito entry.

Turn over wheelbarrows, wading pools, boats, and canoes when not in use.

Although there have been no cases of WNV reported to KDHE in 2018, there have been more than 600 cases of the most severe form of WNV and 30 deaths in Kansas from 1999-2017.

Information on the risk of West Nile virus will continue to be provided to the public throughout the summer.

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