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OH reports first human West Nile virus case of 2017

OH reports first human West Nile virus case of 2017”

The 44-year-old male is expected to make a full recovery.

The Oklahoma Department of Health says the cases have been confirmed in Cleveland, Muskogee, Oklahoma and Tulsa counties.

According to the same MDH report, West Nile virus has also been reported in Covington, Forrest, Grenada, Hinds, Humphreys, Jones, Leake, Leflore, Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison, Perry, Rankin and Scott counties in 2017.

Nearly half of the 22 people from Los Angeles County who tested positive for West Nile virus so far this year are from the San Fernando Valley, a hot spot where the disease appears to be spreading this season, according to public health and vector control officials.

There has been a "marked increase" in West Nile virus activity over the past month, according to the Greater L.A. County Vector Control District (GLACVCD), one of five such districts within the county.

Sietske de Fijter, the ODH State Epidemiologist and Bureau Chief of Infectious Disease, said the number of human virus cases and mosquitoes that test positive for the virus can grow during this time of year.

The primary way people get West Nile virus is through the bite of an infected mosquito. However, in some cases, it can progress from a mild fever and body aches to significant cognitive and neurological symptoms, the GLACVCD reports.

There is no vaccine or specific treatment for West Nile Virus.

"This case serves to remind Ohioans that they should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites and eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites in order to prevent mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile virus", he said.

Less than one percent of people who are infected develop serious illnesses such as meningitis. For children, parents should only use EPA-registered repellants.

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