County of Orange reports first human West Nile Virus infection of 2018


Last year, there were 30 reported cases of West Nile virus in Minnesota.

This West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes or other biting insects.

About 20 percent of infected people will have symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, swollen lymph glands, skin rash on chest, stomach and back. Information on the total number, the type, and the sex of mosquito (only females spread the virus) have been collected.

The mosquito-borne virus can be serious, especially for elderly people. This species is also known to bite during the daytime just as much as they can at both dawn and dusk.

It's also recommending that residents reduce their time spent outside during dusk and dawn, wear long sleeves and long trousers.

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Keep mosquitoes outside by ensuring all screens are in good fix.

No cases of human contraction have been reported. The risk usually lasts until the first frost.

Landscape to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas, and trim tall grass, weeds, and vines since mosquitoes use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours. Additional prevention measures include wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers to avoid bites, and draining any items that hold water inside and outside of homes, such as birdbaths, pools, trash containers, and buckets. Empty flower pots, children's toys, uncovered rain barrels and wading pools, and use screens on any windows which are open.

Change water in birdbaths frequently, at least once a week.

Greene County Public Health (GCPH) recently received notice from ODH that the positive result came from a pool of mosquitoes in Beavercreek in the neighborhood of N. Fairfield Road, Hanes Road, Kemp Road, and Suburban Drive. Not all counties and municipalities test mosquitoes, so it's important for all Coloradans to take steps to protect themselves throughout the summer.