West Nile Virus prompts Bannock County emergency

Henrietta Strickland
July 14, 2017

"In an abundance of caution, we are working with the DeKalb County Board of Health and redoubling our efforts to minimize any exposure to the West Nile virus in Brookhaven", City Manager Christian Sigman said in a news release.

So far this year, there haven't been any human cases of West Nile in Weld County - although one case was reported in Jefferson County.

Although health officials say the risk of contracting West Nile is low, hotter summer days create conditions ideal for mosquitoes and the spread of the virus, and it's best not to get bit.

Citizens are also requested to check their property and remove any standing water such as bird baths, gutters and old tires.

The City of Garden Grove encourages the community to take extra steps to protect themselves from mosquitoes, especially from dawn to dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

Use insect repellent with Deet or other effective ingredients. Of the 20% that do show symptoms, most experience mild illness with symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, fatigue, skin rash and occasionally, vomiting and nausea.

Symptoms can appear three to 14 days after infection.

Dr. Tina Tan, an epidemiologist in the state, told New Jersey 101.5 that West Nile virus cases are typically found in late August and early September.

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