First Iowa West Nile Case of 2017 Diagnosed

The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus reported in Illinois for 2017.

This time of year is the most crucial time to get protected from West Nile Virus.

West Nile is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.

The risk of becoming seriously ill from West Nile virus infection is low for most people.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Marion, Massachusetts.

"Hot weather and standing water create the ideal conditions for mosquitoes to breed", Executive Director Mark Pfister said.

"Symptoms they're typically going to be mild", Department Spokesperson Melaney Arnold said.

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The inmate, housed at The Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, was taken to a hospital after suffering from flu-like symptoms and high fever, according to a relative. Anyone who thinks they may have West Nile virus should see a health care provider.

Severe neuroinvasive disease, often involving encephalitis, can occur, more commonly in older adults; and, in rare cases, long-term disability or death can result from the disease.

That prompted the Sun Country Health Region's medical officer to issue a warning to residents in the area to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

Remove standing water that can become breeding ground for mosquitos and install or fix screens to keep mosquitos outside.

The man is the first Pierce County resident to contract the mosquito-borne virus in three years, the department says.

The CDC recommends using repellents containing EPA-registered active ingredients including DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.

  • Marjorie Miles