Positive Sample of West Nile Virus Discovered in Atlantic County

Positive Sample of West Nile Virus Discovered in Atlantic County

Positive Sample of West Nile Virus Discovered in Atlantic County

What are the symptoms of West Nile?

The best way to protect yourself and your family from West Nile virus is to avoid mosquitoes and mosquito bites.

While there are no vaccines against WNV or EEE for humans, effective EEE and West Nile vaccines are available for horses through veterinarians, according to the Delaware Department of Agriculture's State Veterinarian's Office. So far there have been none reported in Jefferson and Orleans Parish.

West Nile is spread through mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds.

Most cases of West Nile virus infection were registered in Dolj (5), Olt (4), Iasi (4), Braila (2), and Ilfov (2) counties. There have been no reported human cases of the virus in the county this year.

Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, birdbaths, old vehicle tires, rain gutters and pet bowls. These areas include standing water in rain barrels, bird baths, unused tires, gutters, and boat or pool covers. Make sure swimming pools and fountains are operational and circulating.

Officials say most of the mosquito-borne infections happen from July to December.

Khan suggests protecting yourself by wearing long trousers outside, eliminating standing water on your property and wearing insect repellant containing DEET. However, if you do see symptoms such as fever, headache, tiredness, body aches or skin rash, seek medical attention. "The sickness can become quite serious in some people, and those age 50 or older are at the higher risk".

This season, mosquito samples have tested positive for WNV in the cities of Addison, Balch Springs, Coppell, Dallas, Desoto, Garland, Highland Park, Irving, Mesquite, Richardson, Rowlett, and University Park.

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