MS confirms 1st case of West Nile virus for 2019

The Alabama Department of Public Health says it's recently confirmed a positive West Nile virus case in a horse near Boaz, in Marshall County.

Preventing mosquito bites is critical both at home and while traveling since many mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus occur in popular travel destinations in the Americas, Caribbean, Pacific Islands and Africa. Cases usually increase in the late summer and early fall. State epidemiologists said this an unusual case and appears to be an anomaly. This is the first case of West Nile in Nebraska this year.

Caitlin Pedati reminds Iowans that humans get infected with West Nile virus through a mosquito bite.

The agency has recorded 27 cases of the virus in people so far.

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Using EPA-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 when going outdoors. During the peak mosquito hours of dusk to dawn, it is recommended that residents wear long sleeves, long trousers, shoes and socks while outside.

Approximately one in five people who are infected with the virus will develop symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.

· Install or fix screens on windows and doors. In a small number of cases, infection can cause encephalitis or meningitis, which can lead to paralysis, coma and possibly death. Empty water from buckets, cans, pool covers and pet water dishes. People over the age of 50 and those with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease and organ transplants, are at greater risk for serious illness.

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