Health officials are looking into two potential human cases of the West Nile virus in Simcoe County. This is the first bird that tested positive for West Nile virus in Buffalo County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1.
With ongoing weather favorable to mosquitoes, the health department is urging IN residents to take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites.
"That's partly due to how many mosquitoes have the West Nile Virus and also the conditions", he said. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.
Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.
According to CDC, most people (70-80 percent) infected with WNV show no symptoms at all. However, for the small proportion who do become sick, symptoms can include fever, headache, rash, muscle weakness, and nausea and vomiting. Older adults and persons with weakened immune systems and/or other chronic illnesses are at the greatest risk for severe illness. During 2002, the state documented its first human infections and 52 cases were reported that year.
Before 1999, when it was detected in New York City, West Nile virus was found in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia.
To protect yourself from West Nile virus, officials recommend wearing light-coloured trousers and a long-sleeved shirt when outside.
On Monday, the county notified the town that a Glenwick Estates resident was diagnosed with West Nile Fever, the news release said.
A spike is being seen in dead birds with WNV.