The state department of health confirms three new cases of the West Nile virus, two in Hinds County and one in Itawamba County. West Nile virus confirmed in LA CountyThe first mosquitoes to test positive for the year were found in Panorama City last week.
"Last year, by the end of week 29, we already had 43 positive samples reported", said Susanne Kluh, the District's director of scientific technical services.
Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent. Eliminate, or refresh each week, all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, pet bowls, clogged rain gutters, wading pools, old tires and any other containers.
The Toronto residents are advised to use insect repellent against insects, wear light colors and do not allow water to stagnate, to reduce the risk of infection.
For information on West Nile virus and how to prevent mosquito bites, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program website at www.ct.gov/mosquito or contact Madison Health Department.
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West Nile virus is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no cure for WNV.
However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms.
Symptoms of WNV infection are often mild and may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes. The symptoms can last for several days to months. One in 150 people infected with the virus will require hospitalization.
People over 50, and especially those over the age of 65, have a much higher risk of experiencing more severe symptoms such as encephalitis, meningitis, and acute flaccid paralysis.