First West Nile Virus death of 2018

Second human case of West Nile virus reported in Box Elder County

Second human case of West Nile virus reported in Box Elder County

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) confirmed two deaths in California due to West Nile virus in Glenn County and Yuba County.

"Late August and early September has seen exceptionally hot, humid weather". Half of North Dakota counties have confirmed a human case. Those are EPA approved mosquito repellents to prevent bites.

Most people infected with mosquito-borne viruses show no symptoms, however, people over age 50 years and children under the age of 16 are more likely to develop severe illness from the disease. Coma and paralysis occur in some cases and the virus can be fatal.

DEET - Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 according to label instructions.

Staying indoors when mosquitoes are most active (dusk and dawn).

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Drain standing water in yards (old tires, potted plant trays, pet dishes, toys, buckets, etc.). The risk of serious illness or death is low.

Wearing long sleeves, long trousers, and socks when outdoors to help keep mosquitos away from your skin can help, according to a statement from the department.

Keep weeds and tall grass cut short; adult mosquitoes look for these shady places to rest during the hot daylight hours. The patient was diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease.

Symptoms of WNV infection are often mild and may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes. There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus infection other than to treat symptoms.

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