Two Infected With West Nile Virus In First Cases Of 2018

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So far this year, one person in Butte County has been confirmed to have the west nile virus, but the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District predicts there will be several more cases this year.

Officials say that the case was confirmed in Hunterdon County and that two other potential cases are under investigation. Efforts will continue, but residents are strongly urged to continue taking steps to protect themselves. In each case the people had no symptoms at the time of donating blood through a blood collection agency, but whose blood tested positive when screened for the presence of West Nile virus. But this is the first positive sample for 2018.

West Nile Virus is a disease that is spread through bites of mosquitoes, which become infected after feeding on infected birds.

Brenda Miller is the manager of health protection and investigation with Region of Waterloo Public Health and said the region monitors 16 different sites for West Nile virus in recreational and residential areas. Symptoms include high fever, convulsions and muscle weakness, and the illness can put someone in a comatose state. People who develop any of these symptoms should see their healthcare provider immediately.

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"Usually when we go camping or out on a hike, we're pretty good about remembering to put on DEET or Icaridin, something like a repellent, but what we forget oftentimes is that we need to apply DEET and Icaridin even when we're at home outside between the hours of dusk and dawn", she said.

DRAIN STANDING WATER-Standing water is the flawless breeding ground for mosquitoes.

DRESS APPROPRIATELY-Wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and socks.

Since 1999, when the virus was first detected in CT, cases have cropped up ever year.

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