Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

CDC investigating confirmed case of West Nile Virus in Illinois

CDC investigating confirmed case of West Nile Virus in Illinois

The California Department of Public Health said Friday that the first four cases of humans contracting West Nile thus far this year have been recorded in four Southern California counties.

Mosquitos testing positive for the virus have been found in Sunnyvale and Santa Clara, specifically in the 94805, 94806, 95051 and 94087 zip codes, according to the Santa Clara County Vector Control District.

In 2017, the first human case of West Nile was reported just over a month later, on July 20.

These first cases of West Nile virus are earlier than those of the first reported cases in 2017.

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Courtney Sheeley, Communications Specialist for the Georgia Department of Health, says West Nile Virus showing up in Georgia is nothing new. Those who do may experience fever, nausea, headache and muscle ache for a few days to a few weeks. People older than 60 and individuals with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus, the release stated. In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur.

Department of Public Health issued the following announcement on June 23.

REDUCE - make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. "That's exactly when these virus-carrying mosquitoes are out and looking for someone to bite, so it is important that people protect themselves by covering up with long sleeves and trousers and applying repellent on exposed skin".

The recent floods and higher water in many areas across the South Okanagan have resulted in an increase in standing water and more mosquitoes hatching.

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Wear long-sleeved shirts, socks, and long trousers to prevent mosquito bites.

Californians are encouraged to report dead birds at this website or by calling toll-free 1-877-WNV-BIRD (968-2473).

There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat West Nile virus.

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