More than 100 cases of West Nile confirmed, highest since 2013

Henrietta Strickland
September 13, 2018

West Nile is a serious and sometimes fatal disease, which is why health officials are urging residents across South Jersey to take proper steps to minimize the risk of West Nile Virus. Seventeen cases have been reported across the state.

So far this year human cases have been reported in Adams (2), Attala, Calhoun (2), Copiah, Forrest (2), Harrison (2), Hinds (11), Itawamba, Jones, Lauderdale, Madison, Marion, Oktibbeha, Pearl River, Rankin, Walthall and Washington counties. He was hospitalized during his illness.

Most people with West Nile virus may not know they have been infected. There are about 3,000 different species of mosquitoes worldwide, according to Mass.gov, and about 51 in MA. "Even though it will be getting cooler in the evenings, it is still important to protect against mosquito bites during the fall months until there is a significant frost event", he continued.

According to the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) says that a Greenville county resident has died from the West Nile virus. "Mosquito Repellent with DEET or Picaridin is also a great way to avoid mosquito bites". Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.

Staying indoors when mosquitoes are most active (dusk and dawn).

Wearing light-colored clothing to cover the skin reduces the risk of bites. It is also recommended to drain any standing water. Some of the most common places that water collects are gutters, jar lids, tires and flower pot trays.

WNV is a disease that is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. The infected mosquitoes can then transmit WNV to humans and animals.

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