Human West Nile virus case reported in Chatham-Kent

Henrietta Strickland
September 14, 2018

Epidemiologist Zoran Radovanovic recently emphasized that Serbia has become "European champion" in the number of people infected by the West Nile virus.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the New Bedford Health Department of the finding of West Nile Virus in a primarily bird-biting mosquito sample obtained in the area of the New Bedford Business (Industrial) Park, located off of Phillips Road in the far north end of New Bedford.

MS reported 63 West Nile cases and two deaths in 2017.

No human cases are being reported. Less than one percent of people die, but those who do suffer from fatal swelling in the brain.

Those over 60 years of age and with ongoing serious medical problems are more likely to get sick, he added.

It is important to know not all mosquitos are West Nile virus carriers.

Utilizing insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or lemon eucalyptus oil and follow label instructions.

The health department also encourages residents to be aware of peak mosquito activity times around dusk and dawn.

- Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of the home.

DRAIN - Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water.

Through a news release the ISDH provided the following steps to help residents reduce the threat of West Nile virus in their area.

- Discard old tires, tins cans, ceramic pots, or other containers that can hold water.

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