Dallas County in Texas is the latest community in the United States of America to report West Nile virus cases during 2018. Milder symptoms include fever, headache and muscle aches.
Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, birdbaths, old vehicle tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.
If you have to be outside, wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers that are light colored.
-Properly dispose of items around your property that hold water, such as tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or discarded tires. However, the virus can be spread across people via mosquito bites but does not spread from person to person.
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Most people are infected in OH by the northern house mosquito, Culex pipiens.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued an advisory through the Health Advisory Network to alert medical professionals about the risk of West Nile virus.
Similar to other arboviruses, previous infection with West Nile Virus can provide long-term immunity to the virus, however, the level of protection may wane over time.
West Nile is a mosquito transmitted disease which primarily infects birds. The patient was a resident of the 75229 zip code of Dallas and was diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease.
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The institute said that out of 102 cases of West Nile infection this season, 44 were registered in Belgrade, as the mosquitoes carrying the virus in Serbia are most densely populated around the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers.
The best defense is with an EPA-approved insect repellent. The virus is life-threatening for the elderly.
Two earlier samples were found in Northfield earlier in July. In addition to human cases, one horse, 10 birds and 34 mosquito pools have also tested positive for the virus. There have been no reported human cases of the virus in the county this year.
"There is no direct treatment for the virus in horses, but vaccination is highly effective in preventing disease". For more information about Dauphin County's WNV Control Program, contact Christopher Hooper, program coordinator, at 717-921-8100.
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