West Nile Virus related deaths reported in Serbia

West Nile Virus related deaths reported in Serbia

The department's anti-mosquito campaign is dubbed "Fight the Bite". Most people with this type of West Nile virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months. Around one person out of 5 West Nile infected people develops symptoms such as fever among others while around one out of 150 people develop symptoms such as swelling of the brain or the brain tissue, which in certain rare cases, can result in the person dying.

The ODH's field team conducts routine surveillance of mosquitoes in the county through trapping and submission to the ODH for West Nile testing.

Six human cases of West Nile have been reported so far this year in Louisiana.

"Anything ... around your yard that is just a source of standing water that's not moving and isn't chlorinated like your pool is, you want to get rid of that water so you don't encourage mosquito breeding", Rigler said.

∫ Limit outside activity during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

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Dress: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside. The Ada County Mosquito Abatement District says truck-mounted mosquito abatement treatments have begun in both areas while officials continue to monitor and treat mosquito populations across the district boundaries.

Mosquitoes acquire the virus by biting infected birds and transmit the virus to people through a subsequent bite.

Symptoms of West Nile are similar to that of the flu, but only about 20 percent of victims show signs of the disease, which can take three to 14 days to incubate, according to the World Health Organization. In Ohio, West Nile virus was first identified in birds and mosquitoes in 2001.

To report suspected cases of human WNV, call the DPH Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 888-295-5156. In addition to human cases, one horse, 10 birds and 34 mosquito pools have also tested positive for the virus. West Nile virus is now established in OH where cases occur each year and seasonal epidemics can flare up under certain conditions in the summer and continue into the fall.

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