MS reports first West Nile virus human case of 2018

MS reports first West Nile virus human case of 2018

Most cases of West Nile virus infection are mild and go unreported.

In 2017, MS had 63 West Nile Virus cases, and two deaths.

It said samples of mosquitoes collected from the Pooler area tested positive, showing that the virus is circulating in the local population this year. Mosquitoes can be active at any time but are most active in the evening and throughout the night.

Remove all sources of standing water around your home and yard to prevent mosquito breeding.

West Nile Virus has been identified in Butte County every year since its arrival in 2004.

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Higher numbers of other mosquito species are being detected in areas that received rainfall over the past two weeks.

-Using insect-repellant with DEET, IR 3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus, according to product instructions.

"Weather permitting, the Health District's Residential Services Unit will fog in the area north to Condit Road, south to Hartford Road, west to Centerburg Road, and east to Meredith Road", a DGHD press release states. Not all mosquitos carry the virus, and only 20 percent of individuals bitten by an infected mosquito will develop symptoms.

In addition to birds and humans, horses are also affected by West Nile virus.

Most people who get West Nile don't exhibit symptoms of the virus.

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