Published: Fri, August 31, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Mosquitos in ME test positive for West Nile virus

Mosquitos in ME test positive for West Nile virus

The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed that a LaSalle County resident has died and is the first human West Nile virus-related death in Illinois for 2018.

Dr. Thomas Kerkering with Carilion Clinic's office of infectious diseases says he treated a West Nile patient at Carlion just two weeks ago.

IDPH officials say the resident, who was over 65 years old, became ill during the first part of August and tested positive for West Nile virus.

The adult in Cumberland County who tested positive for West Nile virus likely contracted it while out of state, according to the CDC.

The Associated Press reported earlier this month that mosquitoes carrying the virus were found in five Cape Cod towns, including Falmouth. "It probably has been around for a long time". "Mainers should take extra precautions against being bitten".

Now, the Doddridge County Health Department is working to eliminate any potential threat. The disease spreads in USA mosquito populations each summer, but does not often reach Maine.

"Use mosquito repellant and get rid of standing water".

DRAIN STANDING WATER-Standing water is the flawless breeding ground for mosquitoes.

According to the release, there were 16 confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus in Pennsylvania in 2016.

"It tends to be flu-like symptoms, unless it becomes severe", she said.

"West Nile Virus is one of those odd ones where 8 out of 10 people won't show symptoms whatsoever", said Hokanson.

If you are bitten by a mosquito and experience flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches, skin rash, and headache, contact the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at 888-232-6348, or call the DPH at 617-983-6800. The elderly, those with compromised immune systems, or those with other underlying medical conditions are at greater risk for complications from the disease.

They can not be transmitted from human to human or animal to human.

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