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Kathimerini: West Nile virus death toll rises to 22

Kathimerini: West Nile virus death toll rises to 22

A recent collection of adult mosquitos across five cities in Jefferson County tested positive for the West Nile virus. The Milwaukee Health Department is advising residents to continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

Health authorities say mosquito-borne viruses have killed four people in Romania this week, bringing the total deaths from West Nile virus to 21.

There are no human cases of WNV detected this season in New Hampshire, but some birds have tested positive, and ME and MA have reported human cases. Symptoms may begin between three to 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Rarely, individuals might experience more severe symptoms including high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, and/or encephalitis, which is inflammation of the brain.

The elderly are more at risk of getting sick because their immune system is often weaker. "Vaccinated animals are much less likely to contract deadly diseases such as EEE and West Nile Virus". "Even though we monitor mosquito activity, conduct larvicide treatments, and fog areas of known activity, this is a reminder that people must be vigilant and take personal measures to keep from being bitten by mosquitoes", said Dick.




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.

Applying an insect repellant with DEET, IR 3535, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus to clothing as well as exposed skin. Water in birdbaths and pet dishes should be changed at least every three days.

Trimming tall grass, weeds, and vines as mosquitoes use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours, and landscaping to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas.

Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep mosquitoes out.