1st human West Nile cases of season confirmed in CT

1st human West Nile cases of season confirmed in CT

Hoosier health officials are urging IN residents to take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites amid an increase IN West Nile virus activity across the state IN 2018.

The New Jersey Department of Public Health reported that 284 mosquito pools in 20 counties have tested positive for WNV.

An outbreak of West Nile virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, has left three people dead in northeast Italy in recent days, the local health authority said Friday. The department has not specified where in Cabell County the positive mosquitoes were found. Symptoms of these diseases might include headache, rash, high fever, stiff neck, mental confusion, muscle weakness, tremors, convulsions, coma, and paralysis.

Consider the use of CDC-recommended mosquito repellents, containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535, or 2-undecanone, and apply according to directions, when it is necessary to be outdoors. People who develop any of these symptoms should see their healthcare provider immediately. A total of 12 people have been diagnosed with the virus, according to the state Department of Public Health, including residents of Sacramento and San Joaquin counties. Last year, three CT residents were diagnosed with WNV infection. Less than 1% of people get seriously ill. Try to avoid outdoor activities during these times.

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"You can significantly reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by eliminating potential places for standing water where mosquitoes love to breed, such as: bird baths, tires, flower pots, wading pools, and other containers", wrote Karen Hall-Dundas, CHHD director of environmental health, in a statement.

DRESS APPROPRIATELY-Wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and socks.

Also, be sure door and window screens are tight fitting and in good fix to avoid mosquito bites when indoors.

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