The first human case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in Maricopa County. Also, health officials advise people to clean their swimming pools and chlorinate them if they are not using them. The state’s first human case has been reported in Rosebud County and reflects an early start to the season.
The New York State Department of Health estimates one in 150 persons infected with West Nile Virus will experience a more severe case of the disease that could develop into West Nile encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis.
“West Nile virus is usually detected in mosquito samples around this time of year, and it will continue to circulate among mosquitoes and birds”, MMCD ecologist Kirk Johnson said in the release.
Reduce exposure to mosquitoes.
Clean clogged roof gutters on an annual basis.
· Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
– Change water in birdbaths at least weekly.
· Clean vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds and keep shrubs and grass trimmed. “NIAID is committed to research efforts to advance a preventive vaccine that could protect people against West Nile Virus infection”.
The affected individual, a male in his late 50’s, experienced flu-like symptoms and has since recovered, but was never hospitalized.
“The vast majority of people don’t even know that they contracted the West Nile virus because we don’t get sick”, says Alan Taege, MD, an infectious disease specialist at Cleveland Clinic.
The fourth-wettest June on record likely will mean more mosquitoes in the area, a state expert predicted.
Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active, so limit outdoor activities or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
– Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.
The West Nile Virus displays symptoms very similar to the flu. Residents are encouraged to take a photograph of any bird in question.
Marion County Mosquito Control monitors dozens of traps setup throughout the county to track the mosquito population.