Mosquito-Borne West Nile Virus Soared in 2018, According to CDC Data


Symptoms of WNV include fever, extreme fatigue, headache, body aches, and occasionally can also include skin rashes and swollen lymph nodes.

IHA said while the risk of becoming seriously ill from the West Nile virus is low for most people, those most at risk are the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.

According to a new report, West Nile Virus neuroinvasive disease incidence was almost 25 percent higher in 2018, as compared to the past ten years.

Health officials warn people against keeping standing water on their property and advocating for wearing mosquito repellent.

Two people tested positive for West Nile Virus in Fresno County at the end of July, according to the county's public health department, and five others were suspected of carrying the virus.

More than 2,600 West Nile diagnoses were recorded in 2018-more than any year in the prior decade except 2012, when more than 5,000 cases were reported.

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Crews are already working on truck-mounted mosquito abatement treatments in the surrounding area in an effort to prevent humans from catching the virus.

Around California, 43 birds and 1,371 mosquito samples have tested positive for the virus. Meanwhile, states in the mid-Atlantic-including New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania-reported more cases than usual. The virus was detected in 217 people, 501 birds and 1,963 mosquito samples previous year.

As part of the mosquito tracking program, the New Bedford Health Department will request that the BCMCP target key areas of the New Bedford for spraying, including public parks and locations that host large public events.

Clothing can help reduce mosquito bites. Visit the eNotification subscription page to sign up and choose the West Nile category to receive notification when Local Spraying Alerts are issued.

Drain Standing Water - Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors. These times are when mosquitoes that can carry the virus are most active.

Avoid the outdoors from DUSK until DAWN. Health care providers can only treat the symptoms to help patients feel better and possibly recover more quickly.