Washoe County Reports Human Case of West Nile Virus

16 September, 2018, 06:53 | Author: Kara Nash
  • Mosquitos can transfer West Nile Virus to humans. Pexels

(Undated) - Three human cases of West Nile virus have been diagnosed in northern Kentucky. State health officials urge residents and visitors to New Hampshire to protect themselves and their family members by using an effective mosquito repellant that contains 30 percent DEET, wearing long sleeves and trousers at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active, and removing standing water from around homes to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.

According to DHHS, Thursday's declaration comes after 16 mosquito batches tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) in New Hampshire since the beginning of July: nine in Manchester, three in Nashua, and one each in Salem, Keene, North Hampton and Rye.

The West Nile virus is transmitted by the mosquitoes' bites. It can cause severe illness in people and horses, although only about 20 percent of those infected will develop any symptoms at all. Symptoms include fever, headache, body and joint aches, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash. More severe symptoms include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.

The elderly are more at risk of getting sick because their immune system is often weaker.


The number of human cases of West Nile virus varies each year.

Among the recommendations: use insect repellent containing DEET*, spray clothing with repellent containing permethrin, avoid going outside from dusk to dawn when most mosquitoes are active, wear long sleeves and long trousers when nighttime activity is unavoidable, eliminate standing water from flowerpots, clogged gutters, recycle bins, birdbaths, toys, swimming pool and hot tub covers. Humans can also be infected with WNV and EEE, but transmission requires a mosquito bite and the virus cannot be directly transmitted between horses, or between horses and people.

Mosquito-proofing your home by fixing holes in screens, windows, and doors.

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