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High Risk For West Nile

26 July 2018

"Know your risk and take action to prevent mosquito bites to protect yourself and your family against West Nile virus", said Dr. Greg Lakin, State Health Officer.

Mosquitoes are bad enough, but when there's a chance they can be carrying West Nile virus, they're even more pesky.

Between 1999 and 2017, KDHE reported more than 600 cases of severe West Nile Virus infections and 30 deaths.

The virus develops into West Nile Non-Neurological syndrome, with symptoms including fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, skin rash, swollen glands and headaches. There have been no confirmed cases of the virus in humans to date this year in the state. In a small number of cases, infection can result in encephalitis or meningitis, which can lead to paralysis, coma and possibly death.

"The provincial mosquito surveillance program identified the infected mosquitoes in traps collected on July 10 in the Estevan area".

Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent. Aedes aegypti is not found in CT but a related species, Aedes albopictus, has been identified in the southwestern area of the state and it is also considered capable of transmission of the Zika virus.

The West Nile Virus disease is classified as non-invasive and neuroinvasive. Symptoms can last for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of developing central nervous system illness that can be fatal. Many people may not realize they have been infected. Consult a physician before using repellents on young children.

Make sure window and door screens are in good fix to prevent mosquito entry. The local health department or city government might be able to add larvicide to the water, which will kill any mosquito eggs.

For more tips you can visit the MSDH website. If it rains, the spraying will be done during the same hours Friday.

High Risk For West Nile