Meigs County's first suspected case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed by the Ohio Department of Health lab. WNV cases have been reported in all of the continental United States. Collin County health officials have also confirmed one human case of the virus in Frisco. This system alerts Mosquito Control to the presence of diseases such as West Nile Virus, St. Louis Encephalitis, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and Highlands J Virus.
Most people who are infected do not get sick from WNV.
Detection in chickens means there is a risk for the virus to spread to humans through mosquito bites. According to the World Health Organization, West Nile Fever symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, nausea, vomiting and swollen lymph glands.
"The mosquitoes that carry West Nile actually are more prevalent now than they were at the beginning of the summer and we are still having cases of West Nile reported to us", she added.
· If you are outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, be sure to wear long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks. There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat WNV.
When outdoors, wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts and use mosquito repellents.
· Wear light-colored clothing, which is less attractive to mosquitoes.