Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Douglas County confirms 2017's first case of West Nile Virus

Douglas County confirms 2017's first case of West Nile Virus

In mid-June, the season's first West Nile-infected mosquitoes were found on Staten Island.

West Nile virus, which was first detected in birds and mosquito samples in Suffolk County in 1999 and annually since, is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. While most people infected with the virus show no symptoms, some may have high fever, severe headache, tiredness and/or a stiff neck that can last several days to several weeks. "In some people, particularly those 60 and older or who have weakened immune systems, West Nile virus can cause a serious and potentially fatal infection of the brain and spinal cord", according to the Health Department.

That's because standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. In 2016, 95 West Nile cases and one West Nile-related death were reported.

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"West Nile virus infection can cause a mild or moderate flu-like illness, or sometimes no symptoms at all". Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn.

The virus was found as a result of a, "massive mosquito surveillance project conducted by the environmental health division at the Kent County Health Department". To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay or raven, please call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.

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