Another Mosquito Pool Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

Mississippi reports 5 new West Nile virus cases, 41 total

Those with symptoms of West Nile virus, such as high fever, vomiting, appetite loss, headaches and muscle aches, for two to 15 days after a mosquito bite should seek medical attention, the board of health said.

Officials say these are the first human cases in the region this year, but three mosquito pools in Guelph tested positive for West Nile and a bird was confirmed to have the virus in July.

In a release, Shawn Zentner, Health Protection Manager at WDG Public Health says, "There is reason to be concerned that West Nile virus could be more prevalent in the coming weeks". During that time, people should wear insect repellent to prevent mosquito bites, the board of health said.

The majority of people (80 percent) who are infected with West Nile virus do not get sick.

Most persons who become infected with the virus will not become ill. In humans, West Nile can cause flu-like symptoms.

While officials don't yet know how Harvey will impact the spread of West Nile or Zika viruses, for now, the Texas DSHS is dealing with the various public health effects of the storm, and has issued precautions for the public to avoid contact with floodwater, which can contain bacteria, hazardous chemicals, and unsafe debris.

A spike is being seen in dead birds with WNV.



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