First West Nile Virus death in Utah in 2018 confirmed

Illustrative image of a mosquito biting through skin

The centre for disease control says most people who get infected will show no symptoms, but the disease can be serious for one of about every 150 who are infected.

As always make sure you wear mosquito repellent, long sleeves and trousers to reduce the risk of getting bitten.

No human cases of West Nile have been confirmed in the county, Emergency Management said.

August and September are when the majority of West Nile cases occur. Symptoms typically begin between three to 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

West Nile usually spreads between birds and mosquitos, and some Canadians have caught the virus from mosquito bites. Veterinarians can arrange for testing of samples from horses suspected of infection with West Nile Virus. Ten sentinel chickens also tested positive.

CDC figures often lag behind state reports.

West Nile has been detected in several birds collected in Kalamazoo County, according to The Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department. Severe infections can involve the central nervous system.

Louisiana's state epidemiologist says the number of cases depends on local factors.

He noted that although Louisiana is seeing more cases this year than last, numbers are still down considerably from the worst years, such as 2002 and 2012.

There were almost 3,000 cases of encephalitis and meningitis caused by the virus in both 2002 and 2012.

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