West-Nile Virus Hits Lexington

West-Nile Virus Hits Lexington

West-Nile Virus Hits Lexington

Public health officials warn that West Nile virus activity continues to be intense and widespread throughout Sacramento County as many dead birds and mosquito samples have tested positive for the disease.

Two people have died as the result of West Nile virus this week.

In 2016, the NDDoH said North Dakota had 85 cases and two West Nile virus-related deaths. The residents were from Humphreys and Forrest (a previously reported case) counties.

No mosquito samples in June and July tested positive for West Nile, the Health Department said. However, "the risk for acquiring West Nile virus will still extend until the first hard frost".

The insects are collected at seven locations in Clinton County, identified and tested for specific viruses that are mosquito-borne. Many factors contribute to WNV, including climate, the number and types of birds and mosquitoes in an area, and the level of WNV immunity in birds. However, what's "really most alarming", he said, is that "we're also detecting the virus in human-biting mosquitoes". The mosquitoes can then pass the virus to humans and animals. Since 2000, 131 human cases of the illness have been reported, including three fatalities. Approximately 20 percent who become infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. One individual also has contracted the disease.

The mosquitoes found to carry West Nile were trapped and tested through a contract that includes the Health Department, New York state and the SUNY Plattsburgh Environmental Science Department. The towns where West Nile-carrying mosquitoes have been found are Branford, Bridgeport, Darien, Farmington, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Guilford, Middlefield, New Canaan, New Haven, North Branford, North Stonington, Orange, Plainfield, South Windsor, Stamford, Stratford, West Hartford, West Haven and Westport. The symptoms are mild. The most common virus in this group, La Crosse encephalitis, typically causes illness in children under 16 years of age.

A tick-borne disease caused by a parasite, babesiosis, was responsible for the death of Michael Yoder, 55, of New Milford on August 8, according to the Associated Press. Two deaths have been reported in Forrest and Humphreys counties.

The Centers for Disease Control reported an increase in babesiosis cases in CT from 74 in 2011 to 205 in 2014.

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