Second case of West Nile reported in Clark County

Toni Houston
September 1, 2017

An Anderson County resident has died from West Nile Virus, the first such occurrence in SC this year, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC).

According to Wednesday's statement, on August 15, the health department conducted an emergency aerial larvicide treatment to areas along the Des Plaines River impacted by flooding, targeting 130 acres where Culex mosquitoes were breeding. Since 2002, 59 confirmed cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Lake County along with two confirmed deaths. All four people have been hospitalized with neurologic disease.

"Mosquitoes are still quite active in Southern Nevada", Dr. Joseph Iser, the district's chief health officer, said in a news release. Otherwise, take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing.

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Health officials say West Nile virus activity this year appears to be widespread across MI.

CPH's first human case of West Nile does not mean, however, that West Nile virus is present in St. Lawrence County.

"The higher wind from a fan will help keep the mosquitoes from landing on you", said Hausbeck.

No one is sick yet, but officials have confirmed mosquitoes tested in both Farmland and Parker City are carrying the virus.

Catch basins were treated in this area to stop emergence of mosquito species that can carry West Nile virus, and additional surveillance traps have been set up to gauge population density and determine if additional virus can be isolated. "Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle ache". He said people should stay inside when mosquitos are most active, around dusk or dawn, but if a person must go outside, he or she should wear long sleeves and long trousers with repellant.

"Most people who contract West Nile virus show no symptoms at all, or show mild symptoms, and will recover without a visit to the doctor", said Daniel Soule, MD, infectious disease specialist at CPH, who consulted with doctors who treated the patient.

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