Clark County woman diagnosed with West Nile

Clark County woman diagnosed with West Nile

SAN BERNARDINO San Bernardino County Public Health officials announced Thursday the first West Nile Virus death of the 2017 season. "This year we have four suspect cases", said John Hausbeck, environmental health supervisor. In 2016, 13 cases of West Nile virus were reported in Wisconsin.

The ages of the victims was not released.

All have been hospitalized for treatment of neurologic disease.

"An additional report of serious illness serves as a reminder to our community of the importance of taking precautions against mosquito bites", said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer for the Health District.

Health officials said residents should keep in mind to wear insect repellent and clothing covering the entire body to help prevent bites.

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Avoid exposure during times when and in the places where mosquitoes are known to be active.

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Hausbeck says they've seen a spike in dead birds and high mosquito activity.

Mosquitoes can spread the virus to humans and other animals after feeding on infected birds.

A new study suggests that the death toll from the mosquito, responsible for the West Nile virus, might be much greater than previously thought, because its effects may often kill people months or years after infection.

Individuals infected with WNv usually get it from the bite of an infected mosquito. About one in five people infected becomes ill within two to 14 days with symptoms including fever, headache, joint pain, muscle pain, and occasionally nausea and vomiting. "It's seen more commonly in the Southern US, and with warming temperatures has been seen in the North Country more recently, but it would be very unusual to see it have a major impact here", he noted.

The Health District's Mosquito Surveillance Program tests mosquito pools for West Nile virus, St. Louis Encephalitis, and Western Equine Encephalitis.

Wear shoes, socks, long trousers, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are more active.

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