Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

Mead resident hosptilized with most serious form of West Nile virus

Mead resident hosptilized with most serious form of West Nile virus

The person, who was hospitalized and is now recovering, is an adult resident of the northeastern part of the county, the county health department said in a news release.

For the first time this year, mosquitoes in Oakville have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The case comes amid what the health department called a "surge" in mosquitoes infected with the virus across the county.

"West Nile virus is in Iowa", said IDPH Deputy Epidemiologist, Dr. Ann Garvey.

"Mosquitoes are weak flyers and won't travel far from where they are born - if there are mosquitoes in your backyard or neighborhood, they are likely laying eggs there as well", said Matt Helwig, a biolgist with the DEP mosquito program.

Fairfax County health officials said they've seen a "large increase" in mosquitoes carrying the virus. In Virginia, there were 13, and in the District, there were four.

Several mosquito traps in Canyon County have tested positive for the virus this season, including one collected on July 20 in the Roswell Marsh area off Highway 18 near the Idaho-Oregon border. WNV infections are generally mild but can, in more serious cases, cause encephalitis, meningitis, loss of vision, paralysis, coma, tremors, convulsions and death.

Symptoms include fever, headache and body aches. Less than one percent of infected people develop the neuro-invasive form of the illness.

As always, eliminate standing water on your property to prevent the development of Culex tarsalis mosquito populations. People with weak immune systems or older than 60 are more at risk of the falling ill to the infection.

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