West Nile virus found in mosquito

Officials say two pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus

West Nile virus found in Ada County Officials say two pools of mosquitoes have tested posi

The Division of Public Health says it's the first human case of West Nile Virus in 2018.

The mosquito was collected in the area of North Market Street, St. Clairsville, on July 26.

"There is no specific treatment, but there is supportive care", said Kwit, such as taking medicine, getting plenty of liquids and resting.

Most people infected with West Nile Virus do not have any signs or symptoms.

The Advocate reports Environmental Conservation Police captured the juvenile red-tailed hawk Tuesday in Bridgeport after it injured at least two people. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as a headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash.

The ODH's field team conducts routine surveillance of mosquitoes in the county through trapping and submission to the ODH for West Nile testing.

There have not been any reported human cases of West Nile Virus this year in Montana.

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DEET - Cover exposed skin with an insect repellent containing the DEET, which is the most effective repellent against mosquito bites.

∫ Wear loose, light-colored clothing while outside. "Get rid of even small amounts of standing water around your home". Drain such areas around your home (gutters, pools, tires, buckets, water bowls, etc.).

For more information, call the health department at 740-695-1202 or visit www.belmontcountyhealth.com.

"With the appearance of this disease in a person, along with an accompanying increase of West Nile Virus in wild birds, we want to urge everyone to protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito bites".

"It doesn't take much for several hundred mosquitoes to be born". Mosquitoes can become infected when they feed on the blood from infected birds.

While some of the tropical viruses spreading into the United States are a result of climate change, West Nile Virus most likely came to the United States via global travel or trade, said Kwit. "There has been one human case already this year".

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