Health Care

Kansas seeing more cases of West Nile virus

An elderly Anaheim woman is the county's first confirmed West Nile virus-related death of the season, the OC Health Care Agency announced Friday, Oct. 6.

In rare cases, WNV can cause severe disease with symptoms such as muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, paralysis and coma. People over age 50 and those with underlying medical conditions are at increased risk of serious complications.

Many people bitten by infected mosquitos will never experience any symptoms, however, those who do may experience headache, fever, nausea, rashes, fatigue or swollen glands, according to the statement.

San Diego County officials encourage residents to protect themselves from mosquitos by using insect repellent or wearing trousers and long sleeves when outdoors, and by removing possible breeding sources such as water fountains, horse troughs, rain gutters and toys that collect water.

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

West Nile Virus (WNV) is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes.

Apply an EPA-registered insect repellant to exposed skin and clothing since mosquitoes may bite through clothing. Make sure roof gutters drain properly and clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall.

Change the water in birdbaths and pet dishes at least every three days. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. During 2002, the state documented its first human infections and 52 cases were reported that year.

So far this year, county vector control personnel have recovered 32 dead birds that tested positive for the virus, as well as eight batches of mosquitoes.

Health Department officials said Knox County's last confirmed WNV case was in 2013.

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