At least eight state health departments have warned residents of West Nile virus risk at over the past week amid a seasonal peak and reported cases in humans and animals, in the rare cases resulting in death.
Those responsible for the health states of Connecticut, Idaho, Massachusetts, Utah, North Dakota, Louisiana, Delaware and New Hampshire have published preventive guidelines on West Nile virus, the main cause of mosquito-borne illness in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The virus is often spread through the bite of an infected mosquito, with cases usually occurring from summer to fall. There is no medicine or vaccine for West Nile virus and authorities say the best way to avoid infection is to prevent mosquito bites.ues.
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Dr. Philip Armstrong, medical entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, reported an increase in the number of mosquitoes infected late in the season, noting that the risk of contracting West Nile virus will continue until October, when mosquito activity ends. The state pension rites a third Hartford resident, aged 50 to 59, infected with the virus. The resident is recovering from encephalitis, officials said.
At least eight state health departments have warned about West Nile virus risk over the past week amid a seasonal peak and reported cases in humans and animals, on rare occasions resulting in death. (iStock)
Meanwhile, Idaho has detected West Nile virus activity in new areas this season, and in September. 1 noted six human infections all involving serious neurological disease, including one death. Last year, a human infection was reported during the same period.
"The conditions are right for mosquitoes to transmit the virus now until a freeze-up murderer eliminates mosquito populations ", Dr. Leslie Tengelsen, State Public Health Veterinarian of the'Idaho of the Public Health Division of the Department of Health and Welfare said in a declaration . "Idahoans should assume WNV is a risk anytime and anywhere mosquitoes are active.
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Symptoms of infection may include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, swollen lymph nodes, and rash, although the infection can cause serious illness, especially in adults 50 years of age and over.In severe cases, the infection can cause high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, uno mental alteration and death, officials note.
Authorities in Massachusetts announced the first animal case of the year and four human cases earlier this month. The state has also increased the risk level of West Nile virus from moderate to high in 27 communities given the rainfall l, weather conditions conducive to mosquito activity, human and animal infections and more. mosquitoes carrying the virus.
"September is the month we are most likely to see people infected with West Nile virus, " Acting Public Health Commissioner Margret Cooke, stated in a statement . "While we advise everyone to take steps to avoid mosquito bites, this is especially important if you are over 50 or if youou suffer from an immune deficiency. It's also important to know that as nighttime temperatures cool down, mosquito activity at dusk and dawn may be more intense. "
Additionally, Utah reported highest number of virus-positive mosquito trap sites in state surveillance history, and North Dakota health officials announced the first virus-related death on September 10 of West Nile in the state in 2021 in a resident over the age of 60 in southwestern North Dakota.In addition, Delaware recently reported a 69-year-old man from Kent County infected with the West Nile, the first such case in the state since 2018.
In After Hurricane Ida, Louisiana health officials said the state expects high mosquito activity and is taking action to quell sitbreeding and reduce the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. Authorities reported seven cases of West Nile virus in 2021.
According to Dr. Benjamin Chan, a New Hampshire state epidemiologist: “Until there is a gel that kills mosquitoes throughout the state, it remains important that everyone take steps to prevent mosquito bites, including wearing long sleeves, using an effective mosquito repellent on exposed skin, and avoiding bites. outdoor activities at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. "
Other preventative measures include removing standing water and cleaning gutters roofs, repair damaged screens in doors and windows, and wear insect repellents containing DEET.