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Mosquitoes Carrying Paralyzing Virus Found in the Hudson Valley

Mosquitoes Carrying Paralyzing Virus Found in the Hudson Valley”

A mosquito collected from the Hoopeston area tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to Vermilion County Health Department officials.

Symptoms of West Nile Virus usually occurs three to 14 days after being bitten.

So far this season, the state health department has identified 99 positive mosquito pools throughout the state.

And the counties' health experts said now's the time to beware of the bugs' bite because prevalence of the virus peaks each year in MI from late July through September. "That year, West Nile Virus was found in 61 counties in the state".

Despite the low risk and there being no reported human cases as of yet, the RCDHU will continue to monitor the area and will be setting mosquito traps on a weekly basis across the region during the summer months.

Michiganders should use mosquito repellents, and look for the active ingredient DEET; wear long sleeves and long trousers if they're spending much time outdoors, and be aware that mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, Ridella said.

"Making sure all your screens are intact and functioning, and there aren't any ways for mosquitoes to get into your house", she said.

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Clear standing water and any items from around homes that can be potential mosquito breeding-grounds, including small puddles, pools, planters, childrens sandboxes, wagons or toys, underneath and around faucets, as well as plant saucers and pet bowls.

No human cases of West Nile Virus have been found in OH so far, but over a dozen cases of mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus across the state.

Adults should be cautious when applying repellents to young children, as the chemicals "may irritate the eyes and mouth", Drautz said Tuesday.

The symptoms of severe infection can include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, muscle weakness, disorientation, convulsions and coma. Symptoms may last several weeks, but neurological effects can be permanent.

Citing the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the article goes on to say that despite the illness's ability to cause a range of symptoms and in some cases even death, most people who become infected by West Nile do not show any symptoms.

Recently, an Arizona man woke up paralyzed from the waist down after being infected by West Nile Virus, reports CBS. Human and animals can come in contact with the virus if they are bitten by those infected mosquitoes.

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