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California officials report 3 West Nile virus deaths

California officials report 3 West Nile virus deaths”

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection reported the positive test result to the state Division of Public Health. The disease is transmitted by mosquito bite. There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus. This is the third human case in the Health Unit's service area. In 2016, there were 37 cases of West Nile virus in Kansas. To date this year, the county has confirmed that 104 mosquito samples and 10 birds have been positive for West Nile virus.

Less than one per cent of infected people will experience serious symptoms including high fever, severe headache, muscle weakness, stiff neck, and confusion. "Everyone should take precautions against mosquitoes by using insect repellent containing an effective ingredient such as DEET, and eliminating any standing water around their home where mosquitoes can breed", instructs interim health counselor for the county, Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser.

The Niagara health department has yet to confirm where the person who contracted the West Nile virus lives within the Niagara region, nor their name. Anyone suspecting they have an illness stemming from the virus is advised to contact a health care provider. The horse had not been vaccinated against EEE and died on August 28, 2017.

Tips to reduce the risk mosquito-borne viruses?

· Many mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn, but can bite at any hour.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the virus is spread through mosquito bites but is hard to detect.

Other steps include keeping rain gutters clean, fixing outdoor leaking faucets, cleaning ditches so water can flow and filling holes which hold water with gravel or dirt. Keep children's wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren't being used. Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly. Suffolk County reported three cases of the virus in horses in 2003.



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