West Nile Virus sweeps America: Cases reported from coast to coast

Henrietta Strickland
August 10, 2018

The chances of getting West Nile Virus from an infected mosquito are low.

Cases of the disease have been confirmed in 36 states including California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina and Texas, according to the CDC.

Officials say positive mosquito batches have been found in traps located in every community the district serves.

The west nile virus is "out of control" right now in Butte County, this is according to the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District. "These factors indicate that the risk for human West Nile virus infections is elevated and will likely remain elevated through the remainder of August".

Although there is no vaccine to protect against West Nile Virus, over-the-counter pain medication can help treat symptoms such as fever. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that one in 150 people infected develop a serious illness that affects the central nervous system.

"The amount of virus we are detecting in mosquitoes is well above the historical average for this time of year and is also occurring earlier in the season than the average", Mark Clifton, the agency's director, said in the release.

Health officials said if you do get symptoms, the fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months afterward.

Last year, there were 91 deaths out of the more than 1,000 cases that were reported across the US.

A mosquito trapped near the city of Troy tested positive for West Nile virus, the Madison County Health Department confirmed.

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