A senior citizen living in LaSalle County is the first person to die in IL this year of West Nile virus. Symptoms include headache, body aches, joint pains and fatigue.
The Allegan County Health Department announced August 28 that a resident contracted non-neuroinvasive West Nile virus. During 2017, 51 cases of West Nile virus infection were reported among Wisconsin residents.
West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis are diseases transmitted to horses and people via mosquito bites.
The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding consumers about the importance of protection from mosquitoes.
One in 150 patients will get a neuro invasive form of West Nile, which can lead to severe complications, or even death, so it is important for people to be aware of certain symptoms you'd want to have checked out. Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of developing central nervous system illness that can be fatal.
The Tennessee Department of Health urges Tennesseans to take preventive steps to avoid mosquito-borne diseases.
Make sure window and door screens are in good fix to prevent mosquito entry. Across the state, five people have tested positive for the virus.
Apply an insect repellant with DEET, IR3535, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus to exposed skin and clothing.
"The high temperatures combined with the rainfall is the flawless combination for mosquitoes to breed", says Dr. Siddhi Mankame, an infectious disease doctor at Topeka's Cotton O'Neil Clinic.
For more information, go to the Be Mosquito Free webpage. To date, there have been no EEE-positive mosquito samples or human cases reported in MA this year.