West Nile virus death toll rises to 22

West Nile Virus Positive Test Confirmed in Gage County

West Nile virus death toll rises to 22

Three people in Northern Kentucky have been infected with West Nile Virus.

The state's highest year was 2003, when Iowa had 147 cases.

Updated CDC information can be found here. The first and second cases were diagnosed in August, and occurred in a 3-year-old Standardbred mare residing in Kent County with unknown vaccination status and a 2-year-old thoroughbred mare also in Kent County that was not up-to-date on its WNV vaccine.

Wear mosquito repellent when you go outside. Symptoms may begin between three to 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Clear standing water and any items from around homes that can be potential mosquito breeding-grounds, including small puddles, pools, planters, children's sandboxes, wagons or toys, underneath and around faucets, as well as plant saucers and pet bowls.

Neither horse had been vaccinated against WNV or EEE in 2018.

That word from Public Health Solutions Health District, which covers five southeast Nebraska counties... Healthcare providers should consider a WNV infection as a diagnosis for patients who are ill and have recently experienced mosquito bites. Symptoms include fever, headache, body and joint aches, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash. Symptoms of the more serious West Nile encephalitis include inflammation of the brain, disorientation, convulsions and paralysis. The virus cycles between birds and mosquitoes with horses and humans being incidental hosts.

Residents may report mosquito activity to the Health District at 785-4599 or 328-2434.

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