West Nile virus makes first victim in Romania this season

West Nile virus makes first victim in Romania this season

West Nile virus makes first victim in Romania this season

"People should be aware of the increase in mosquitoes spreading West Nile virus and take proper precautions to protect themselves from bites", said Jenny Galbraith, epidemiologist with the health department. The patient was a resident of the 75229 zip code of Dallas and was diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease.

Standing rainwater provides optimum breeding conditions for mosquitoes, which have the potential to cause serious illnesses, including the West Nile virus. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to humans and other animals when they bite. Milder symptoms include fever, headache and muscle aches.

Officials said mosquitoes tested at a site in CT have come up positive for West Nile virus.

DEET-Apply repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient, such as DEET, and follow the directions on the package. Fever generally resolves itself without treatment, but unsafe brain infections such as encephalitis or meningitis can develop in 1 out of 150 people.

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∫ Wear loose, light-colored clothing while outside.

"As I've stated, this is a very unusual season and we want to take proactive action to ensure we eliminate as much of the potential for spreading West Nile Virus as possible".

Mosquito Control placed live chickens in several locations throughout Kenner to perform regular testing for West Nile, according to the report.

"Any time you are sick, consult with a health care provider, especially during the time of the year we might see more mosquito activity", she said. They are monitoring and treating standing water in public areas as part of a pest management program.

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