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Two residents have been diagnosed with West Nile virus in West Cambridge and North Cambridge, the city's Public Health Department reported Thursday, though the risk of infection statewide is deemed to be low.
"Our sympathy goes out to this family".
"We are urging the public to use precautions against mosquito bites while attending outdoor events", Hector Gomez, Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Department administrator, said. During 2018 no mosquitos were identified as carrying the disease. But chicken flocks in the Belle Glade and Pahokee areas tested positive for it, and the health department is warning residents to guard themselves against bites. "This includes wearing insect repellent and protective clothing in addition to reducing standing water around our gardens and homes where mosquitoes can lay their eggs".
"Human incidence of West Nile Virus is rare, but remains a unsafe disease". Persons 50 and older have the highest risk of severe disease.
Get your horses vaccinated against West Nile. The Health Department reminds residents that due to the recent flooding and rain there will continue to be large numbers of floodwater or nuisance mosquitoes. The department said virus activity varies from year-to-year and is hard to predict, noting that in 2006, Idaho - with almost 1,000 infections and 23 deaths - had more West Nile virus illnesses than any other state. Most people with this type of WNV disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.
About one in 150 people infected develop a severe illness affecting the central nervous system such as encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord). The symptoms of neurologic illness can include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures, or paralysis.