Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Birds test positive for West Nile Virus

Birds test positive for West Nile Virus

Patricia Quinlisk, medical director with Iowa Public Health Department, confirmed the death case to local radio on Wednesday.

The new cases are in Hinds, Rankin, and Sunflower counties.

Denton County health officials confirmed that a Frisco resident was infected with West Nile virus, making this the third human case of the virus this year.

During regular tests in Oswego County last week, officials said they found EEE and West Nile Virus in pools in Hastings, Palermo and West Monroe. Most people who become infected with West Nile virus do not have any symptoms. Rare, severe cases of the virus can cause brain swelling and lead to seizures or a coma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the World Health Organization, West Nile Fever symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, nausea, vomiting and swollen lymph glands.

The horse contracted the virus in an area that had previously been subject to aerial spraying for mosquitoes, health officials said.

· If you are outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, be sure to wear long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks.

Wear loose, light-colored, long clothing to cover the arms and legs when outdoors.

When outdoors, wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts and use mosquito repellents.

· Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

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