The virus is typically transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 80 percent of the people who become infected don't have symptoms, but some develop flu-like symptoms, which can last for weeks or even months. Mild symptoms may include fever, headache and body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph glands. They can include muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, paralysis and coma.
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EEE and West Nile virus, like other viral diseases affecting a horse's neurological system, must be reported to the state veterinarian at 609-671-6400 within 48 hours of diagnosis. While there is no specific treatment for West Nile virus, patients are treated with supportive therapy as needed. These individuals are urged to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes during mosquito season, which extends from June 1 through November 1. If you think you have West Nile virus infection, contact your healthcare provider.
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The Northern Kentucky Health Department said the cases have been confirmed of three human cases since July.
"There is no discernible trend", said Dr. Tomarken. "However, late summer and early fall is the time when the risk of acquiring West Nile virus from a bite actually increases".
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Locally, the health unit's surveillance program has shown that West Nile virus activity remains within local and historical norms.