Health Department confirms first case of West Nile Virus in Shelby County

Health Department confirms first case of West Nile Virus in Shelby County

The first human case of West Nile Virus in the province this year has been found in a child. Another person with similar symptoms is under observation.

Several mosquito traps in Canyon County have tested positive for the virus this season, including one collected on July 20 in the Roswell Marsh area off Highway 18 near the Idaho-Oregon border.

"Mosquito-borne diseases overall are increasing", CDC spokeswoman Kate Fowley told weather.com.

Humans contract WNV when bitten by an infected mosquito.

"Luckily, the summer to this point hasn't been extremely wet, which has limited prime breeding conditions for mosquitoes", Callanan said.

About 80 percent of infected people show no symptoms at all. But one person was infected past year and survived.in 2016, two people contracted the disease with one death.


West Nile Virus symptoms can appear 3 to 14 days after an infection.

In Maryland, there were five reported cases of West Nile past year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those, 23 cases involved meningitis or encephalitis.

The health department also suggests mosquito-proofing your home by installing screens on windows and doors and using air conditioning, if available.

"However, this can change from week to week and we urge people to protect themselves and do their part to reduce the spread of mosquito populations in their neighbourhoods and communities by removing standing water".

Be sure to check screens for holes and run the air conditioner when you can. These bodies of standing water are where mosquitoes lay their eggs.

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