Published: Thu, June 22, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

West Nile Virus detected in Cabell County

Tuesday, the Cooke County Emergency Management Office hosted the first seminar on mosquito prevention and awareness.

In 2015, the Minnesota Department of Health reported nine West Nile Virus cases and no deaths.

The Cabell-Huntington Health Department is urging residents of Cabell County and the City of Huntington to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites that can potentially cause illness. The symptoms of the infection include fever, headache, weakness and fatigue. Even in 2016 it wasn't very high, and that's including West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis, Saint Louis encephalitis, La Crosse encephalitis and other emerging diseases.

The Health Department has successfully helped control mosquito-borne diseases for 18 years, when the West Nile virus was first detected.

The infected mosquitoes were found in the Rossville section of Staten Island.

Dr. Viola says the number one way to prevent West Nile Virus is applying DEET bug spray to exposed skin and clothes, as well as wearing trousers and long sleeves.

The elderly and people with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of developing a central nervous system illness that can be fatal. At its most serious, it can cause permanent neurological damage and can be fatal.

Dress in long sleeves, trousers when outside: For extra protection, spray thin clothing with repellent.

"There is now no vaccine or treatment for West Nile virus", said Los Angeles County health official Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, MD, MPH, urging the use of insect repellants containing DEET when outdoors. People should look closely for dishes under plant pots, puddles in toys, tarps, buckets and other small containers and dump out the water. Make sure to fix or install window and door screens to keep mosquitoes from entering your home.

Keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed.

 Eliminate collected water in boat or pool covers. As of June 9, the Health Department reported 82 cases of Zika in New York City in 2017.

Health authorities in the city have at least 21 traps scattered across the region to find out which king of mosquitoes are in the city.

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