West Nile Virus case reported in Carson City-Douglas County area

West Nile Virus Outbreak in Massachusetts is Ongoing

West Nile Virus Outbreak in Massachusetts is Ongoing

However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms.

Almost 80 percent of people infected with WNV will not become ill.

West Nile is a mosquito-borne illness that can cause serious health problems.WNV is generally transmitted in summer and fall, with a peak period for disease transmissions from mid-August to mid-October.

Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. If you are experiencing this type of illness, it is important to seek medical treatment.

To report suspected cases of human West Nile, call the DPH Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 888-295-5156.

This wide-scale increase was driven by expanding and intensifying positive mosquito findings and human infections, according to the city Health Director Gina Armstrong.

Officials also recommend wearing loose long sleeved shirts and long trousers if you do have to be outside which can tend to be tough in Louisiana's sweltering heat.

Defend yourself by using EPA approved repellent. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection.

Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to the child's face. Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside. More information about insect repellents can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/faq/repellent.html. Use your air conditioning, if you have it.

Mosquito-proof your home. Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside. Empty standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis. In addition to treating that area for those mosquitoes, they also test the chickens weekly to help monitor their progress.

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