Published: Sun, August 19, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

2 more human cases of West Nile virus confirmed

2 more human cases of West Nile virus confirmed

Specific types of neuroinvasive disease include: West Nile Encephalitis, West Nile Meningitis or West Nile Meningoencephalitis.

Mayeux said the nearest case was in East Baton Rouge.

The mosquito most common for transmitting West Nile virus is the Culex tarsalis. Of those, 12 were identified when their blood was screened after donating.

West Nile virus is something for health care providers to consider along with all the other diseases that cause flu-like symptoms, he said. "You will feel exhausted".

While many who contract the virus show no signs of being infected, the mosquito-borne illness can cause mild to severe symptoms, including fever, headache and body aches. The virus, which is carried by infected mosquitoes, has also spread geographically, with cases reported in 33 municipalities, including the municipality of Athens.The virus has also infected people in Viotia, Halkidiki, Thessaloniki, Evia, Imathia, Pella, Corinth, Kilkis and Rethymno on Crete. Louisiana calls its prevention campaign "Fight the Bite".

Residents are urged to take precautions against West Nile virus by using mosquito repellent, by eliminating standing water where mosquitoes breed and by wearing long sleeved shirts and long trousers when outside during dusk or dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

 Use insect repellants according to the manufacturer's instructions.

The repellents are not recommended for infants under the age of 2 months. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes and fix or replace screens with tears or holes. Eliminate all sources of standing water by emptying flower pots, old vehicle tires, buckets and other containers.

Discard or turn over cans, plastic containers and ceramic pots outside your home to avoid accumulating water.

Drill holes in the bottoms of all recycling containers that are left outdoors. Items like tires, buckets, downspouts, etc., can collect and hold enough stagnant water to become a mosquito breeding ground.

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