Three more areas in Knox County test positive for West Nile virus

Three more areas in Knox County test positive for West Nile virus

In 2017, two birds and one horse tested positive for West Nile Virus in Spartanburg County, according to DHEC.

State health officials on Tuesday confirmed the 13th case of West Nile virus in MA and the sixth case in Suffolk County this year.

Anyone who gets a mosquito bite is at risk of getting West Nile fever; people over 50 years of age have the highest risk of getting severe disease. He spent 17 days in the hospital in August as doctors did tests to determine the cause for his extreme illness.

Hungary's national food safety authority (Nébih) has warned that West Nile virus has affected horses in the country after the virus was detected at 64 farms this year.

Aly said in some cases, if untreated, the virus can impact the respiratory system and in extreme cases can be fatal. This is the first human case since 2016. About 1 percent, or about 1 in 150, with West Nile virus will develop severe neurological disease.

Health departments continue to advise the public to remain diligent in their personal mosquito protection efforts by remembering to "Drain and Cover".

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Amherst Selectmen's Chairman Dwight Brew said last week that he talked with the town health officer Scott Tenney after the report came out. That individual is presently recovering at home.

The state guidelines also include wearing long sleeves and trousers at dusk and making sure screen windows and doors are closed. That includes using insect repellent when outdoors. He recommends people record the date of any tick bites in case symptoms occur later.

Those who develop symptoms including fever, flu-like illness or a rash within a few weeks of a tick bite, should tell their doctor about tick exposure, advised Overholt.

Eliminating areas of standing water available for mosquito breeding in or near your property.

Dawn/Dusk: Mosquitoes are most active during dawn and dusk so stay inside during these times or take precautions to prevent bites.

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