West Nile virus infection reported in Fairfax County

West Nile virus infection reported in Fairfax County

A 24-year-old-woman with a suspected case of West Nile fever, a relatively unknown viral infection in this part of the region, has been admitted to the Kozhikode medical college hospital. "The current warm weather and high humidity are providing ideal conditions for mosquitoes and intensification of West Nile virus".

The vector index, which measures human risk for infection, remains lows in Weld County, but health officials say that could change in the coming weeks. The most vulnerable people are those who are at least 50 or have weakened immune systems. The rain and flooding often leave standing pools of water, creating flawless mosquito breeding grounds.

To curb the ballooning threat of West Nile Virus, an aerial insecticide spraying has to be conducted. Less than one percent of infected people develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis.

He added this appears to be a very active season for West Nile virus. Dump or drain standing water.

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Use insect repellents when you go outdoors.

Common places water can accumulate are outdoor features like potted plants and birdbaths, yard debris like, storage bins, kids' toys (including kiddie pools), rain gutters, and even corrugated downspouts.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, when people are infected with the West Nile virus, they may not exhibit any symptoms. Clothing should be light-colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin. Always read the repellent label and consult with a health care provider if you have questions when using these types of products for children. Long trousers and sleeves are also an important way to cut down on possible exposure to mosquitoes.

In addition to preventing mosquito bites, the public should take steps to reduce breeding of mosquitoes on their property and in their community, said Pieter Sheehan, the Fairfax County government's director of environmental health.

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