First West Nile Virus Death Reported in SC for 2017: DHEC

Another sample of mosquitoes has tested positive for West Nile Virus in Clark County, according to newsgathering partner WAVE 3 News.

The Sudbury and District Health Unit has confirmed a case of the West Nile virus in an adult from the Sudbury East area.

The virus can be spread through bites from Culex species mosquitoes. Although West Nile virus has been detected in more than 60 different mosquito species in the USA, only a few Culex species are known to transmit primarily West Nile virus.

"This serves as a reminder that the threat of West Nile virus should be taken seriously", Kern County Public Health Services Director Matt Constantine said.

West Nile symptoms include fever, body aches, rash, nausea, vomiting and headache.

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People ages 50 and older are more susceptible to severe West Nile virus disease symptoms. Risk of exposure decreases as cooler temperatures kill most mosquitoes or send them into hibernation.

Install or fix screens - some mosquitoes like to come indoors. In 2016, there were 37 cases of West Nile virus in Kansas. For reasons of confidentiality, the California Department of Public Health does not provide additional patient details, including demographic information or the names of hospital providing care. The CDC recommends products with the active ingredients of DEET, Picaridin or IR3535. The advice from the health unit to avoid bites is wear light-coloured clothing, long sleeves and long trousers as well as shoes and socks when outside. People with milder illnesses typically recover on their own, although symptoms may last for several weeks. Two dead birds have also tested positive for the virus. West Nile virus does not usually affect domestic animals, but can cause severe illness in horses and certain species of birds.

The Cincinnati Health Department said the positive mosquito pools were trapped in College Hill and Mt. Lookout.

To protect your horse against West Nile virus, consult your veterinarian to ensure the current West Nile virus vaccination status of your horse.

  • Tabitha Byrd