Health department says mosquitoes with West Nile virus found in Kentucky

West Nile activity as of the beginning of Aug. 2018

West Nile activity as of the beginning of Aug. 2018

"The recent wet and increasing hot weather has created the ideal conditions for the Culex mosquito that carries West Nile Virus", Mark E. Wallace, Executive Director of the Weld County Health Department, stated in a press release.

West Nile activity as of the beginning of Aug. 2018
West Nile activity as of the beginning of Aug. 2018

According to the Department of Public Health and Environment, the Mead resident became ill on July 27 and was hospitalized the next day. The deadly disease, which can cause serious neurological diseases in humans, was confirmed after samples sent from here tested positive at the National Institute of Virology, Pune.

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The Department of Environmental Protection said it has found mosquitoes infected with the virus in 51 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties.

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The West Nile Virus has been detected in numerous states, including New York, California and Texas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. About one in five will develop flu-like symptoms that can include fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. "If you're being bitten by mosquitoes, they are 9 times out of 10 coming from your property". However, health officials said some severe cases of the virus can also lead to meningitis, encephalitis, paralysis and even death. Change water in bird baths every three to four days. "The small pool of water that collects in a single upturned bottle cap is an incubator for as many as 300 mosquito eggs", said Helwig. "By eliminating places for mosquitoes to lay eggs, using insect repellent and other protective measures, and targeted use of pesticides, we can all make sure Pennsylvanians are protected". Don't apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin.

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DRESS in long sleeves and trousers in areas where mosquitoes are active.

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