Person in Juneau County infected with West Nile virus


Public Health officials in Grey Bruce say a human case of West Nile Virus has been reported in the area.

The state has reported Ohio's first death from the West Nile virus this year.

Director of Environment Health, Todd Marshall, says "Recent floods have increased the number of mosquitoes in our community".

County health officials said they received confirmation about the infected bird on Friday from the California Department of Public Health. The virus cycles between birds and mosquitoes with horses and humans being incidental hosts.

According to the DPH, West Nile virus has been detected in the state every year since 1999.

But further south, places in Texas that got hit with heavy flooding, including Houston, Corpus Christi and Beaumont, will most likely see mosquito-borne virus transmission well into October.

The Burlington Board of Health continues to work closely with the MDPH and the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project (EMMCP). "Those who do become ill develop a fever, headache, and rash that lasts a few days". The agency also is asking that residents remove standing water sources, such as waste tires, cans, buckets, flower pot sills or other containers where mosquitoes can breed. When infected, some people will experience flu-like symptoms. West Nile has also been found in samples collected in Richmond and Clarksburg as well.

"The first West Nile virus positive indicator is often identified in Shasta County during the warm summer months", the district said in a news release, adding the risk for human infection builds throughout the season and peaks in August and September.