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Recent Heat Creates Potential for Increase in West Nile Virus Activity

13 September 2018, 03:34 | Silvia Roy

Recent Heat Creates Potential for Increase in West Nile Virus Activity

Recent Heat Creates Potential for Increase in West Nile Virus Activity

Last month, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health raised the state's risk level for West Nile virus from low to moderate in every town and city in the Commonwealth.

"Late August and early September has seen exceptionally hot, humid weather".

So far this year human cases have been reported in Adams (2), Attala, Calhoun (2), Copiah, Forrest (2), Harrison (2), Hinds (11), Itawamba, Jones, Lauderdale, Madison, Marion, Oktibbeha, Pearl River, Rankin, Walthall and Washington counties. It is transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito.

West Nile virus is a mosquito-carried virus that can cause illness ranging from a mild fever to more serious symptoms, although most people infected show no symptoms.

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In 2017, there were six human cases of the virus in the state. The repellent should have DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-menthane 3, 8-diol (PMD)], or IR3535 according to the instructions on the product label.

Wearing long sleeves, long trousers, and socks when outdoors to help keep mosquitos away from your skin can help, according to a statement from the department.

West Nile virus symptoms include headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.

Drain standing water in yards (old tires, potted plant trays, pet dishes, toys, buckets, etc.).

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WNV is a disease that is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Ensure door and window screens are in good condition so mosquitoes can not get inside. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property by emptying flower pots, old vehicle tires, buckets, and other containers.

For more information contact the health contact at 424-0272, www.columbiana-health.org or on Facebook.

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