Third Frisco resident infected with West Nile virus

Source WAFB

The Richland County Vector Control Department said because of the recent spike in West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes, it's monitoring the county and treating standing water to control mosquito larvae, submitting mosquitoes from trap collections for viral testing and working with multiple outlets to promote public awareness.

The chickens are part of a "sentinel" flock monitored by the Mosquito and Vector Management District and are located at the Wastewater Treatment Plant near Solvang.

According to the Equine Disease Communications Center website, NY is reporting a case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis and more cases of West Nile Virus.

West Nile is a virus most commonly spread to people by mosquito bites.

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In Frisco's first two human cases, the residents were diagnosed with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease. Eight of the cases were fatal. Humans, horses and other animals can become infected with West Nile virus if bitten by an infected mosquito. Human-to-human transmission does not occur.

That brings the total so far this year to 58 cases of the mosquito-borne illness, including two people who died earlier. According to the World Health Organization, West Nile Fever symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, nausea, vomiting and swollen lymph glands.

Health officials are urging residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes by avoiding outdoor activity when mosquitoes are most active - at dusk and dawn.

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