Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

CDC: 4 cases of West Nile virus in Minnesota

CDC: 4 cases of West Nile virus in Minnesota

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health notified Wayland Health that a "Culex" species mosquito collected from South Wayland on August 7 tested positive for West Nile Virus.

To reduce the mosquito population and potential for infection, truck-mounted mosquito spray application is scheduled for 10 midnight Monday, on roads within a mile radius of the Pecks Road and Wahconah Street intersection. Mosquito activity peaks at dusk and again at dawn. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide the best protection.

Keep mosquitoes out of your house by repairing holes in screens and making sure screens fit tightly to doors and windows.

Residents are advised to guard themselves against mosquito bites as well as to remove standing water from their homes which may attract mosquitoes. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently. Additional prevention measures include wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers to avoid bites, and draining any items that hold water inside and outside of homes, such as birdbaths, pools, trash containers, and buckets. Most notably, they swarm your house and can breed in just a few drops of water. Less than 1% of people get seriously ill.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the symptoms of severe cases include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor and disorientation.

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"One in 150 people will develop a neurological condition like encephalitis and things like that", said Sookoo.

"West Nile Virus is endemic in Orange County, recurring every year during the summer months and continuing into the fall", said Dr. Eric Handler, County Health Officer.

The first two human cases of West Nile virus have been reported.

No cases of human contraction have been reported.

The Waukesha County Environmental Health Division, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, will continue WNV surveillance until the end of the mosquito season. To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay, or raven, please call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 800-433-1610.

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