West Nile found in Twin Cities, residents urged to be cautious

Parma resident tests positive for West Nile virus

There were two reported West Nile cases and three cases of St. Louis Encephalitis, a similar mosquito-borne illness, in 2016.

Mosquitoes are known carriers of WNV and other disease-causing viruses.

So far this season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 45 states and the District of Columbia have seen either human, mosquito, or avian cases of West Nile virus, including 190 cases of neuroinvasive disease and 124 cases of non-neuroinvasive disease. The pools are then tested in labs, and if they test positive, Hougaard said his crews go and spray those areas.

The statement also added that most of the people who were infected by the West Nile virus did not show any symptoms of the illness. "However, late summer and early fall is the time when the risk of acquiring West Nile virus from a bite actually increases". "Be aware, try to limit the mosquito population, try not to get bit by mosquitoes". According to hospital officials, it does mean that the public should understand the symptoms of West Nile virus and be vigilant in protecting against the disease. He said people should stay inside when mosquitos are most active, around dusk or dawn, but if a person must go outside, he or she should wear long sleeves and long trousers with repellant. One in five people will develop illness with fever and other symptoms, including headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea and rash.




- Use insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, or PMD. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.

To protect yourself from the virus, it's recommended you wear light-coloured trousers and a long-sleeved shirt when outside.

Be sure that window and door screens are tight fitting and in good fix. "Wear bug repellant, drain bird baths, remove any standing water around the house, empty pet water bowls and rain gutters", said Boudreaux.

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