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West Nile virus infection reported in Fairfax County

West Nile virus infection reported in Fairfax County”

Overall, 39 cases of West Nile have been reported in humans as of July 24.

"The recent wet and increasing hot weather has created the flawless conditions for the Culex mosquito that carries West Nile Virus", Mark E. Wallace, Executive Director of the Weld County Health Department wrote in a release.

West Nile virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.

The department of Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living said the case was found in a child under 10 in the Southern Health region in the province.

The agency didn't release any specific details on the case, but said the virus has been confirmed in mosquitoes throughout the county.

However, the season isn't over yet, and the number of "vector" mosquitoes is increasing as the summer moves on, he said.

The health department operates a mosquito control program and checks traps set in the community to test for diseases like West Nile, Zika and St. Louis Encephalitis.

In Maryland, there were five reported cases of West Nile previous year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, headache, body aches, skin rashes and swollen lymph nodes.

Experts say most people who are infected have no symptoms or experience only mild, flu-like symptoms. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds.

Benjamin Schwartz, director of epidemiology and population health for Fairfax County, said that with the high levels [of the virus] in mosquitoes and the recent rains leading to even more mosquitoes, it is important for residents to take precautions for themselves and their families.



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