West Nile virus cases picking up in state

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The treatment is targeting catch basins in the city's storm drains: areas in the system created to catch sediment. Mangan said that while it's not a bad idea to rid your property of standing water and other general mosquito reduction techniques, the best way to prevent West Nile is to protect yourself.

The first cases of West Nile virus in Stanislaus County this year have been reported and involve two people who developed a neurological disease as a result of the infection.

West Nile symptoms include fever, body aches, rash, nausea, vomiting and headache, but in rare cases, the virus can cause brain inflammation or paralysis, according to authorities.

The CAES maintains a network of 91 mosquito-trapping stations in 72 municipalities statewide. The illness is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes. The virus is spread by one simple bite by an infected mosquito.

The remaining 105 mosquito samples collected around the state August 7 tested negative for both West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis. "Only a very small fraction of people that get infected with it end up getting seriously sick". His death is the state's first known West Nile virus death of 2017.

No human or horse cases have been reported with WNV-associated illnesses acquired in CT this season. 11, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 22 human cases, 10 of them from the San Fernando Valley within GLACVCD's boundaries. In 2006, two people died from the disease. In another study involving mice infected with West Nile, the investigators found that serum from these mice was able to inhibit Zika virus infection in cells.

"We aren't into flu season yet, so if you have flu-like symptoms, you may want to go to your doctor to be tested", she said.

Along with treating the city's storm drainage system, Municipal Pest Management Services Inc. will continue to closely monitor and test mosquitoes throughout the city for the virus, Rogers said. The program is determined to be the best approach for disease prevention. These include: using insect repellents containing DEET, Icaridin or other approved ingredients; wearing long trousers, long-sleeved shirts and hats when outdoors; and making sure window screens and doors don't have any holes or other openings that allow mosquitoes to get indoors. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flower pots, old vehicle tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.

Press releases from the World Health Organization and the CDC were reactive in nature and required at least a college education to understand, said public health researchers writing in the BMJ Global Health.