West Nile Virus Found In Washington County

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Louisiana reports there have been 31 residents with risky nervous system infections and 13 cases of flu-like West Nile fever. "So, the type of mosquitoes that we are concerned about with West Nile are the Culex mosquitoes", said Andy Tyler, Regional Epidemiologist, Mesa County Public Health Department.

Louisiana and MS are leading the nation in the number of people who have become the most seriously ill from West Nile virus this year. MS has reported 25 total cases.

Tests this week confirmed that some mosquitoes in Pardes Hannah, Binyamina, Caesarea, the Menashe Regional Council and the Alona Regional Council (both in the Haifa area) were carriers of the virus. Remove pools of standing water around living areas and work spaces where mosquitoes breed and lay eggs. You should wear loose-fitting and long-sleeved clothing. Utilize screen doors and windows.

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Mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus in Washington County. Signs of the virus include flu-like symptoms, where the horse seems mildly anorexic and depressed. In rare cases West Nile may cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain. Most people who become infected with West Nile Virus do not become ill.

The NWHC recommends that individuals take precautions to minimize their exposure to mosquitoes which can transmit the virus between infected birds and people and other animals.

Because horses are also at risk for West Nile, health officials encourage horse owners to check with their veterinarians for vaccination.

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