Human case of West Nile virus confirmed in Ottawa County

Mosquito pools in Kitchener, Cambridge test positive for West Nile

Mosquito pools in Kitchener, Cambridge test positive for West Nile

The Mississippi Department of Health has reported a case in Lauderdale County.

Six Massachusetts residents were diagnosed with the virus in 2017.

The first human case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in Ottawa County.

MS reported 63 West Nile cases and two deaths in 2017.

"Although we're moving toward the end of summer, West Nile virus remains a risk until the first hard frost", said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.

Most people infected with West Nile virus have no symptoms of illness, but some may become ill, usually three to 15 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.

Health officials urge people to reduce risk by using insect repellent, wearing long, light-colored clothes and eliminating standing water. Officials have also warned that they expect higher numbers of human West Nile cases this season. Symptoms include headache, body aches, joint pains and fatigue. In some people, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur.

The health department recommends that county residents take precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquitoes.

When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions. MA residents are also being asked to treat large pools of water on their property with larvicide and to dump any standing water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

The virus had already been found earlier this month in Kitchener.

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