West Nile Virus in CT

Illustrative image of a mosquito biting through skin

Illustrative image of a mosquito biting through skin

Louisiana reports there have been 31 residents with risky nervous system infections, including two deaths, and 13 cases of West Nile fever.

The case in a Nassau County resident means that area remains under a mosquito-borne illness advisory issued in June following confirmation of Eastern equine encephalitis virus infections in horses there, health officials said.

The Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee has scheduled an emergency session for this coming Sunday to discuss the current outbreak of West Nile virus in Israel.

In 2017, 51 human cases of WNV were reported in Wisconsin, which is the highest number since 2012.

Although few mosquitoes actually carry the virus, there a several things you can do to minimize your exposure and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes lay their larvae in standing water. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers when in mosquito infested areas. Bug repellents containing DEET or Icaridin should be used on anyone over two years of age. Utilize screen doors and windows.

A total of 68 people are ill with West Nile virus at present in Israel. The public is encouraged to continue to alert district officials when they come across dead birds, so the district can track the spread of the virus.

Mosquitoes are most active at duck and dawn, so take extra protection during those times- wearing long sleeves and trousers if possible.

Officials are urging horse owners to ensure their animal's vaccine and boosters are up to date.

Reports of infections of the brain and nervous system are more reliable indicators of West Nile's seriousness than statistics for flu-like West Nile fever or symptomless infections found most often when people donate blood, he and Ratard both said.

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