"Residents should be aware of West Nile Virus and take some simple steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites", said Sarah Ward, Environmental Health Manager. Both were hospitalized and are recovering.
Both tested positive for the West Nile infection.
Health officials say the virus has been detected in 169 mosquito samples from across the state.
In each case the people had no symptoms at the time of donating blood through a blood collection agency, but whose blood tested positive when screened for the presence of West Nile virus. About 20 percent have flu-like symptoms, and fewer than 1 percent develop a serious, potentially deadly illness, such as the one reported in Weld County last week. The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state, and are found in urban as well as more rural areas.
The health department is continuing a four-month surveillance program to monitor mosquito-borne diseases in Cabell County, which began in late May, conjunction with the West Virginia Office of Laboratory Studies.
Schedule outdoor events to avoid the hours between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
Health officials recommend minimizing potential exposure to mosquitoes and using approriate bug repellent.
DRESS APPROPRIATELY-Wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and socks.
"This is the first direct evidence of West Nile activity in our area this summer", reads the release. Check for standing water till the first frost. With WNV and EEE established throughout the state, DEM and RIDOH remind the public to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds and prevent being bitten, whenever possible.
Empty, drain, remove, cover or turn upside down any container that can hold water. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently. Because of patient privacy rights under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), no additional identifying information will be made available to the public.