LA County Issues 2017 West Nile Virus Report

Dead birds, plenty of mosquitoes indicate West Nile virus will stick around awhile

Mosquitoes spread West Nile by first feeding on infected birds, then pass it on to other birds and mammals, including humans, when they bite.

With ongoing weather favorable to mosquitoes, the health department is urging IN residents to take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

Checking doors and window screens for holes and gaps, wearing long trousers and long-sleeved shirts, and using mosquito repellent can help prevent against bites as well, they said. "Does every backyard have infected mosquitos? No".

According to CDC, most people (70-80 percent) infected with WNV show no symptoms at all.

Mosquitoes are the creatures more often infected with West Nile.

Four other probable causes of the virus have appeared in OH this year. However, for the small proportion who do become sick, symptoms can include fever, headache, rash, muscle weakness, and nausea and vomiting. Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of developing central nervous system illness that can be fatal.

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Public health officials have warned this could be a bad summer for West Nile virus. To avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, wear a mosquito repellent with DEET.

The Mississippi State Department of Health says five new cases of West Nile virus have been reported.

Health officials say the infection rate is moderate this year.

Results of further testing are needed before the cases can be confirmed as West Nile.

A spike is being seen in dead birds with WNV.

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