Dead bird in Brown County tests positive for West Nile Virus

Dead bird in Brown County tests positive for West Nile Virus

"There has been one human case already this year".

Pavlovich said that people take measures to reduce the exposure to the mosquitoes in order to protect themselves from the virus and other mosquito borne diseases. Although almost 80 percent of people infected with WNV will not become ill, and only a little less than 20 percent of those infected will develop West Nile fever, with mild symptoms (fever, headache, body aches, a skin rash on the chest or back and swollen lymph glands), one in 150 people infected will develop severe infection (West Nile encephalitis or meningitis). These areas include standing water in rain barrels, bird baths, unused tires, gutters, and boat or pool covers.

"I know it might be uncomfortable, considering the heat", said Natalie Kwit, State Public Health Veterinarian with the Vermont Department of Health, "but you should wear long sleeves and long trousers when outside".

Drain or dump standing water weekly. However, the virus can be spread across people via mosquito bites but does not spread from person to person.

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DUSK and DAWN-This is when mosquitoes are most active.

Dallas is not alone in reporting West Nile virus cases. Health officials recommend using bug repellents containing "deet". Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Collibbe says it's possible the health issues were caused by West Nile virus.

For more information, go to www.westnile.state.pa.us. In addition to human cases, one horse, 10 birds and 34 mosquito pools have also tested positive for the virus.

Earlier this month, DNREC's Mosquito Control Section found Delaware's first EEE-positive sentinel chicken for 2018 in a station in Sussex County. More than 46,068 West Nile virus (WNV) cases and 2,018 deaths have been reported through 2016. Fortunately, most people infected with West Nile virus develop the less severe form of the disease or develop no symptoms at all. Horse and large animal owners are encouraged to vaccinate their animals against the virus and to clean out watering sources, such as buckets and troughs, every three-to-four days to prevent mosquitoes from breeding there.

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