West Nile case year's 1st in state

West Nile case year's 1st in state

West Nile case year's 1st in state

The first human case of West Nile Virus in 2018 has been recorded by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health.

In June, all five boroughs were sprayed with pesticides in an attempt to combat the West Nile virus carried by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can become infected when they feed on the blood from infected birds.

The mosquitoes that can spread WNV are called Culex quinquefasciatus or the "Southern House" mosquito and can grow to adults in as few as 7 days.

Symptoms of West Nile include joint pain, headaches, muscle aches, nausea and a stiff neck.

- Eliminate stagnant water and leaf debris in containers around homes where mosquitoes can lay their eggs (e.g., buckets, flowerpots, old tires, wading pools and birdbaths).

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∫ Wear loose, light-colored clothing while outside. "DEET-containing insect repellents are a really good idea if you're going to be ... outside at all".

Anyone who believes they, or someone they know, has West Nile Virus, should consult a healthcare provider for evaluation and diagnosis. More serious complications include neurological illnesses, such as meningitis and encephalitis.

The best way to protect yourself and your family from West Nile virus is to avoid mosquitoes and mosquito bites. Most people with this type of West Nile virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.

"Any time you are sick, consult with a health care provider, especially during the time of the year we might see more mosquito activity", she said.

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