State health officials confirm 13th case of West Nile virus in 2018

22 September, 2018, 08:09 | Author: Kara Nash
  • Eight-year-old Fargo resident Vivi Lee is slowly recovering from complications of West Nile virus. WDAY-TV

A human case of West Nile virus (WNV) was confirmed by the Texas Department of State Health Services in a resident of Brazos County. The Indiana Department of Health keeps track of all mosquito and human infections online. Department staff is going door-to-door to provide prevention information for residents in the surrounding area.

Nashua Environmental Health Officer Heidi Peek-Kukulka said the three mosquito batches testing positive for West Nile in the city came from a single location, and she called the risk to humans relatively low.

Hungary's national food safety authority (Nébih) has warned that West Nile virus has affected horses in the country after the virus was detected at 64 farms this year.

- Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with an EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection. As someone who values experienced, knowledgeable, and award-winning journalists covering meaningful stories in Central Illinois, please consider making a contribution.

One Gainesville resident said he will be more careful when going out, Manuel Guerrero said, "I do have kids, and I get eaten alive by mosquito's if there's any mosquito's within the area and so are my kids, so yeah that's something to be anxious about".

Most people with the milder form of the illness typically recover on their own, although symptoms could last several weeks.


WNV was first isolated in the West Nile District of Uganda in 1937.

West Nile virus and encephalitis are spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. About 1 in 150 people infected develop a more serious version of the disease.

Disposing of, regularly emptying, or turning over any water-holding containers on your property such as tires, cans, flower pots, children's toys and trash cans. DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.

Turning over plastic wading pools when not in use.

Clothing - Wear shoes, socks, and long trousers and long-sleeves. Do not apply permethrin directly to skin.

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