Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in 5 South Dakota counties


VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - The Georgia Department of Public Health says more than 20 mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus in Lowndes County.

According to the Will County Health Department, a 38 year-old woman was diagnosed after being treated at Aurora's Rush Copley Hospital. General symptoms occur suddenly between 5-15 days following the bite of an infected mosquito and range from slight fever, headache, rash, swollen lymph nodes, nausea, malaise and eye pain, to the rapid onset of severe headache, high fever, stiff neck, disorientation, severe muscle weakness, gastrointestinal symptoms, coma or death.

The Washoe County Health District tells KOLO 8 News Now recently-gathered mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Officials have found mosquitoes that have tested positive for West Nile virus in almost 20 towns in Delaware County.

The Will County Health Department Environmental Health Division operates 14 mosquito traps that have collected more than 190 samples this season.

Although, the risk of contracting the virus is low in some cases and sometime symptoms may be mild and the same as the flu also.

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The West Nile virus has turned up once more in St. Mary Parish. Some may experience headache, body aches, vomiting, fatigue or weakness.

To this point, the only human case reported in the state was in Cook County. The virus was first identified in the state in 2000. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious neurologic illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues).

The virus is spread through the bite of a mosquito that had been feeding on an infected bird.

-Repair or replace broken screens on windows and doors, and avoid using perfumes or colognes.

REPEL: When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions.