Health Department confirms first case of West Nile Virus in Shelby County

Health Department confirms first case of West Nile Virus in Shelby County

The department said the child was experiencing neurological symptoms and was hospitalized.

"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.

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

Most people who are bitten by an infected mosquito either have no symptoms or have temporary, flu-like symptoms while others contract a much more severe illness. There were no reported cases of West Nile in the county previous year.

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The state is checking the case of an Allegheny County resident, sending samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "It's extremely important to avoid getting bit by mosquitoes". In Virginia, there were 13, and in the District, there were four.

It's not uncommon to find West Nile virus in mosquitoes found in Peel Region. Symptoms usually develop between two and 15 days after a person has been bitten and can include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph glands. WNV infections are generally mild but can, in more serious cases, cause encephalitis, meningitis, loss of vision, paralysis, coma, tremors, convulsions and death.

People 60 and older or people with medical conditions are at the greatest risk.

To reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard, be sure to remove any standing water from items such as pots, hot tubs, pools, buckets or wheelbarrows.

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