September 22, 2018

Two mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Glynn County

27 August 2018, 08:33 | Rodolfo Wallace

A mosquito bites a hand. Manitoba has now detected seven cases of the West Nile

A mosquito bites a hand. Manitoba has now detected seven cases of the West Nile

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed eight human cases of West Nile virus for 2018. One is a woman in her 70s from Worcester County who was hospitalized but has since been discharged.

The first case, reported earlier this month, was confirmed in the Southern Health-Santé Sud region.

West Nile is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

"The confirmation of West Nile virus in mosquito samples or birds indicates the presence of West Nile virus in the area", Tomarken said in a statement. Symptoms usually begin three to 14 days after infection. Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. In rare cases, more severe illness can occur.

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In 2017, there were 6 human cases of WNV infection identified in MA.

With the announcement of West Nile virus identified in more NY counties, state officials are urging residents to cover their skin, use insect repellent and eliminate standing water in their yard. To minimize pesticide exposure, residents should stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed for 30 to 60 minutes after spraying. Doctors recommend adults use sprays with DEET.

Residents are also urged to eliminate standing water around their homes to prevent the development of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes. Wear long-sleeves, long trousers, and socks when outdoors to help keep mosquitoes away from your skin. Due to the positive WNv results the District has increase surveillance, larviciding and adulticiding measures in an attempt to depress the mosquito population.

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