First human case of West Nile virus found in Chatham County

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The Sarpy/Cass County Health Department has identified the first case of West Nile infection for the County in the 2019 season.

The samples were collected on Tuesday, Aug. 27 and Wednesday, Aug. 28 from Brentwood, Selden, Aquebogue and Jamesport.

No new mosquito samples have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). West Nile is the most common mosquito-born disease in the USA, according to the health department.

In 2018, 69 batches tested positive for the virus, and three human cases were confirmed.

"While there is no cause for alarm, we advise residents to cooperate with us in our efforts to reduce their exposure to the virus, which can be debilitating to humans", a statement from Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken said. 80% of people who get West Nile do not develop any symptoms. There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus and patients are treated with supportive therapy as needed.

· Limit outdoor activity during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. She strongly encourages everyone to wear long sleeves and pant, and use repellent with DEET.

Empty standing water from items outside your home such as flowerpots, buckets, and kiddie pools.

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