West Nile Virus Detected in Bourne, Woods Hole

Henrietta Strickland
September 6, 2017

The Kentucky Department for Public Health says four adults have been infected with the West Nile Virus, including one in Jefferson County.

A batch of mosquitoes came back positive for the virus in Woods Hole on August 29.

On Aug. 25, Dr. James Tomarken, the Suffolk County health commissioner, declared an "imminent threat to public health" after receiving approval to do so from the from the New York State commissioner of health.

· Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets and barrels. The county treated areas of Manorville on Wednesday.

Though this is the first human case to occur in the Niagara region this year, there are over sixteen cases in Ontario, the most recent to be confirmed being a man from Sudbury What is most particular about the Sudbury case, is that the man was in an area that has yet to find any mosquitoes carrying the virus. Until the waters are completely gone, most of the region is a haven for millions of mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. People who have had West Nile virus before are considered immune. Patients are treated with supportive therapy as needed.

Effective equine vaccines for EEE and WNV are available commercially. In 2016 there were no deaths reported and 35 total West Nile cases tallied, the state said.

"Persons of any age can become ill after being bitten by an infected mosquito, but those over the age of 50 are at greater risk of developing serious illness involving the nervous system", Sellers said. This is the third human case in the Health Unit's service area.

Mosquito Joe is a mosquito control company for Kentuckiana businesses and homes.

In severe cases of the Eastern equine encephalitis, a person may experience encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, that may result in death. There is no human vaccine for it and patients are treated with supportive care.

In 2016, MS saw 43 total cases. Further reporting of dead birds in Sauk County is not necessary.

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