Published: Sat, September 09, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Bradley man second to contract West Nile locally

Bradley man second to contract West Nile locally

DPH Commissioner, Dr. Raul Pino, said that this case makes it very clear that residents need to be diligent about protecting themselves from West Nile Virus.

Director of Environment Health, Todd Marshall, says "Recent floods have increased the number of mosquitoes in our community".

"Though cooler weather has moved in, it is possible for us to see the virus remain active into October", said Steve Crawford, vector control program coordinator for the Jefferson County Health Department.

Now, a second horse has tested positive for the virus and the first local positive mosquito pool was identified.

The district says the West Nile virus continues to show statewide levels that are similar or higher than in previous years. The virus cycles between birds and mosquitoes with horses and humans being incidental hosts.

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The primary way people get West Nile virus is through the bite of infected mosquito.

Across the province, 370 positive mosquito pools have been found, and 37 human cases have been reported.

The Ventura County Environmental Health Division monitors and controls mosquito breeding sources throughout the county. Symptoms usually appear within six days after the bite, but can take up to two weeks. The majority of those who are infected have no symptoms but the disease could be severe enough to be fatal.

Health officials recommend removing standing water from your property, checking your home for openings where mosquitoes could enter and reporting stagnant water or flooding to the health department.

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