West Nile virus found in Stirling area

At leat 55 outbreaks have been reported between July 27 and August 5

The mosquito was found in a trap near the intersection of Lower Marine Road and Bass Drive on the East side of Troy.

West Nile virus is a relatively common disease; Cabell County also confirmed cases in 2017 and 2015. Health officials note that even a container as small as a bottle cap can become a mosquito breeding ground, so residents should take to eliminate standing water. Additional prevention measures include wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers to avoid bites, and draining any items that hold water inside and outside of homes, such as birdbaths, pools, trash containers, and buckets.

WNV is a virus most commonly spread by infected mosquitoes that can lead to severe fever, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord).

The DPH said they were the first two human cases of the CT season.

Change water in birdbaths frequently, at least once a week. Less than 1% of people get seriously ill.

Officials said mosquitoes tested at a site in CT have come up positive for West Nile virus.

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Limit time spent outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

About 20 percent of infected people will have symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, swollen lymph glands, skin rash on chest, stomach and back.

In the CDC's most recent update on July 24, the agency stated that 39 people had been infected with the virus, although Iowa health officials said the woman who died was not included in the report. Drain such areas around your home (gutters, pools, tires, buckets, water bowls, etc.).

The Waukesha County Environmental Health Division, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, will continue WNV surveillance until the end of the mosquito season.

Aptie Sookoo, Public Health Inspector at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health said because of the recent weather conditions, there is a high possibility that more pools positive with West Nile are likely to appear.

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