Two more Dougherty County residents diagnosed with West Nile Virus

Two more Dougherty residents diagnosed with West Nile

Two more Dougherty residents diagnosed with West Nile

The Jefferson County Health Department reports a dead crow found in Jefferson County has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The agency did not disclose any details about the victim in reporting the death Monday.

West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. At the beginning of September, the municipality of Bourgas at the Black Sea issued a warning after a woman showed symptoms of West Nile fever.

"We urge people to protect themselves against West Nile", said Dr Sarah Moyer, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Suffolk County reported seven human cases in 2017, five human cases in both 2015 and 2016, one in 2014, and four in both 2011 and 2013.

Ruis added that 80 percent of the people infected with West Nile Virus experience no symptoms.

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That includes applying mosquito repellent containing DEET, and avoiding being outdoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Severe symptoms of WNV are associated with encephalitis or meningitis, and may include: stiff neck, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, muscle weakness, convulsions and paralysis.

Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside.

Wear protective clothing such as long sleeved shirts and trousers. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property by emptying flower pots, old auto tires, buckets, and other containers.

People 50 years of age and older and individuals with diabetes or hypertension have a higher chance of getting sick, and are more likely to develop complications. West Nile virus infections in humans have been reported from June through October; however, most reported becoming ill with West Nile virus in August and September.

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