Health officials alert Boston residents to increased risk of West Nile virus

Health officials alert Boston residents to increased risk of West Nile virus

Health officials alert Boston residents to increased risk of West Nile virus

A senior citizen living in LaSalle County is the first person to die in IL this year of West Nile virus.

A dead crow found in Odanah this week tested positive for West Nile virus, prompting health officials to issue a special alert.

While most people infected with the virus show no symptoms, others can develop fever, headache, body aches and stiffness.

On Aug. 23, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said there were eight confirmed human cases of West Nile in Michigan. Since 2002, there have been 66 human cases of West Nile virus in Lake County, as well as two confirmed deaths.

Birds and horses can also contract the virus.

County health officials are urging residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites to lower their risk of contracting West Nile.

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"We did get our first positive pool back in June, so that sort of gives you a sense of when we're first seeing the virus in the mosquito population".

Since the reported cases, the Harrison County Mosquito Control Center has increased their efforts to help decrease the amount of mosquitoes and larvae in the area. In some folks, severe illness collectively with meningitis or encephalitis, and even loss of life, can happen.

The good news is most people who get west nile won't ever know it, and if you do notice symptoms, they'll be minor.

Prevent mosquitoes from breeding by removing stagnant water from items around your property, such as tin cans, plastic containers, flower pots, discarded tires, roof gutters, and downspouts. This mosquito type is primarily active during daytime hours unlike the previously reported mosquito type, which was active during dusk and dawn.

Rain barrels should have tight seals to keep water in and egg-laying mosquitos out. To date, there have been no EEE-positive mosquito samples or human cases reported in MA this year.

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