OH reports its 1st horse West Nile virus cases this year

Illustrative image of a mosquito biting through skin

Louisiana reports there have been 31 residents with unsafe nervous system infections and 13 cases of flu-like West Nile fever.

People older than 50 and those with chronic illnesses are at the highest risk of developing a serious illness as a result of a bite from an infected mosquito, the county health department said.

There have been no reported human cases in the area.

Residents of the district should remain vigilant in protecting themselves from mosquitoes and the diseases that they can carry, such as West Nile Virus.

Larvicide briquettes will be placed in areas of standing water to reduce the mosquito threat. You should wear loose-fitting and long-sleeved clothing.

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A total of 68 people are ill with West Nile virus at present in Israel. Bug repellents containing DEET or Icaridin should be used on anyone over two years of age. Agriculture officials say the spread of the virus in horses can be prevented with proper vaccination. Less than one per cent of infected individuals will develop meningitis or encephalitis.

Mosquitoes are most active at duck and dawn, so take extra protection during those times- wearing long sleeves and trousers if possible.

Because horses are also at risk for West Nile, health officials encourage horse owners to check with their veterinarians for vaccination.

There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus other than to treat symptoms.

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