Published: Wed, August 16, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Confirmed case of West Nile virus in York County

Confirmed case of West Nile virus in York County

The CDC says the chances of dying after contracting the West Nile Virus are fairly low-in fact, 8 in 10 people infected with West Nile virus show no symptoms.

To date, there have been no reported cases of West Nile virus in humans in Ripley County, but residents are being urged to take precautions.

Statewide, 22 cases of West Nile virus have been reported this year, mostly in Kern, Kings, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

The Perth District Health Unit tested the first positive mosquito last week in the north-eastern part of Mitchell.

Symptoms of West Nile generally occur three to 14 days following the bite of an infected mosquito, and range from fever, headache, body aches, nausea, and less frequently skin rash and swollen nodes to severe headache, high fever, stiff neck, disorientation, muscle weakness, coma, or death.

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If you are outdoors at dusk or dawn, wear long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks.

"We would encourage everyone to monitor their own homes and properties for standing water in those areas so you can eliminate the breeding grounds for that", Rock Hill City Manager Jimmy Bagley said.

Other tips include making sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens, repairing or replacing screens that are torn, and keeping doors and windows shut, especially at night.

In Butte County, in addition to the human case, two dead birds and two sentinel chickens have tested positive for the disease. However, most people who are infected will not develop any symptoms at all.

Piedmont Medical Center doctors say the concern for West Nile virus is mostly in elderly people.

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