Officials announce 10 new human cases of West Nile virus

State officials announce 10 new human cases of West Nile virus

Although most people won't experience Symptoms, they can include fever and flu-like illnesses, officials said. It's not unusual to see people infected in October. Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of developing central nervous system illness that can be fatal.

The West Nile virus continues to spread throughout the United States of America and has claimed its 35th life in 2018.

At this time, there remain no confirmed human cases of the disease in Anderson County; however, the Emergency Management Division is taking appropriate mitigation and abatement actions in the affected areas. Pay particular attention to recommendations for use on children, and never apply any of these products around the mouth or eyes at any age. If possible, parents should also cover strollers or baby carriers with mosquito netting when they absolutely need to go outside. Although it may be hard to do when it's hot, wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

A 2018 map of mosquito pools and human infections.

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The larvicide briquettes placed in areas of standing water to reduce the mosquito threat should not be handled or disturbed by the public and will remain effective up to 45 days after placement.

In 2017, there were six human cases of West Nile virus infection identified in MA. However, those who do might complain of fever, headache, muscle and joint ache, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, and rash.

Five people were diagnosed with the disease in August and another five had been diagnosed earlier in September. The elderly aged 60 and above are also at greater risk of developing a severe illness such as encephalitis or inflammation of the brain and meningitis or inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

A Lodi, New Jersey man recently infected with the West Nile virus died Saturday, state health officials said.



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