NDDOH confirms 1st WNV human case of 2019

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Taryn Stevens, a zoonotic and vector-borne disease epidemiologist for the Indiana Department of Health, said she expects many other counties to find evidence of West Nile in the coming weeks.

No human cases of West Nile virus disease have been detected so far in 2019.

Mosquito surveillance in Reno, Sedgwick, and Shawnee counties has shown an increase Culex species mosquitoes which can transmit West Nile virus and other viruses that can affect humans.

To help prevent more infections, Elnahal urged people to wear long sleeves and trousers when they're outdoors, use EPA-registered insect repellents and drain any standing water in their yards. Those who develop symptoms will commonly report fever, headache, body/joint aches or rash.

Less than one per cent of people infected with the virus become seriously ill. Less than 1 percent of infected people will develop severe symptoms.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends Kansans take preventive measures against mosquito bites over the Fourth of July holiday. "There is risk of contracting WNV anytime mosquitoes are active, so it is important to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites". "Dumping out standing water on your property goes a long way toward reducing mosquito bites by limiting where they grow".

(Indianapolis, Ind.) - There is evidence that the West Nile virus is spreading in IN this summer.

DRAINAGE - Remove all standing water outside the home.

West Nile virus was confirmed in most in counties in 2018.

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