West Nile Virus found in Licking County

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The only other IN county with confirmed cases is Carroll. In the most severe cases (about 1 out of 150), people will develop a severe illness that can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.

West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne virus that causes encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and meningitis (inflammation of the tissues that cover the brain and spinal cord). A vaccine for horses is available and highly recommended.

Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites.

Mosquito Control Operations are intensifying their efforts.

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Reducing the amount of time spent outdoors during peak mosquito hours, between dusk and dawn.

If going outside, use an EPA-approved insect repellent.

■ Apply bug repellent when outside, but be mindful of using certain chemical ingredients like DEET on small children. Be sure to read and follow the label directions.

Installing or repairing window screens.

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"Repellent works well when you dress in long sleeves and trousers".

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station is reporting higher-than-average numbers of ticks testing positive for Lyme disease and mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus in New Canaan. To track the virus in the Pacific Northwest or get additional information, visit the DOH website at https://www.doh.wa.gov/DataandStatisticalReports/DiseasesandChronicConditions/WestNileVirus.

Three residents were diagnosed and hospitalized due to West Nile infections previous year.

WNV is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people with the virus have no symptoms, but an estimated two people out of 10 infected with the virus with have symptoms 3-14 days after the mosquito bite. West Nile virus has been reported in people ranging from nine months to 94 years old, but more severe disease is likely in individuals over 50 years of age, or those with weak immune systems. Anyone with symptoms is encouraged to contact their health care provider.

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