Third case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Bay County

Third case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Bay County

Third case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Bay County

The confirmed human case in Duval County comes after officials issued a mosquito-borne illness advisory following confirmation of several sentinel chicken flocks that tested positive for the virus infection.

Mosquitoes become infected by feeding on an infected bird and can pass the virus to humans, horses or other hosts when they bite.

About 80 percent of the infected people have no symptoms, and experts recommend that those who have fever, headache, muscle aches, vomiting or skin rash, must rush to the nearest clinic. Also, a small number may develop more severe symptoms, including confusion, tremors and sudden sensitivity to light.

The Romanians are advised to avoid exposure to mosquitoes, to wear long-sleeved clothing and long trousers and to prevent mosquitoes from accessing the house. Consult a physician before applying insect repellents on children.

Install screens on all windows and doors.

The most recent positive samples have been found in the Saginaw metro area, including Albee, Birch Run, Carrollton, Frankenmuth, Kochville, Maple Grove, Richland, Saginaw, Swan Creek Townships and the city of Saginaw.

Kretzer says older residents with serious medical conditions, like cancer and diabetes, should especially be careful and take proper precautions to avoid mosquitoes.

After it rains, you should tip and toss any standing water, where mosquitos may breed, including clogged gutters.

-Repair: Keep mosquitoes outside. Repellents containing DEET are safe for those over six months of age when used according to the directions on the label. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.

Cover up your exposed skin with long trousers and long sleeves. The Health Ministry was criticized Wednesday of failing to report the case, which was revealed by the Kan public broadcaster. In rare cases West Nile may cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain.

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