Now, West Nile fever comes to create panic in Kozhikode

Health Department confirms first case of West Nile Virus in Shelby County

- Health officials said they have confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus this year in Fairfax County.

Citywide spraying continues to be effective in sharply reducing the mosquito population in Huron, more important than ever because now through the middle of August is historically the time of greatest risk of West Nile virus transmission to humans.

WDRB reports the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness found mosquitoes in surveillance traps in three of the city's zip codes that were infected.

Spread by mosquittos through infected birds, the symptoms of WNV infection included fever, headache, vomiting and rash.

Severe illness can occur in about 1 in 150 people with the virus affecting the central nervous system, causing inflammation such as encephalitis.

Sleep under a mosquito bed net if air conditioned or screened rooms are not available or if you are sleeping outdoors. "Of the mosquito-borne diseases, West Nile virus is the most common one in the continental United States". Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection.

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Allegheny County and the state's first and now only human West Nile case was confirmed last Friday in a Penn Hills man. Always use according to label instructions. Clothing should be light-colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin. "There has been one human case already this year".

Officials also encourage residents to get rid of standing water, which is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

If weather permits, wear long sleeves, trousers and socks when outdoors.

More information on the state's mosquito testing can be found here. Neurological effects of West Nile Virus may be permanent, and the infection can be fatal in certain cases.

The Department of Public Health and Wellness has also advised residents to mosquito-proof their homes by installing fix screens to keep the insects outside, using an air conditioning system, and emptying standing water.

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