As mosquitoes make their comeback in late summer and early fall, cases of West Nile Virus may increase. Although 80 percent of individuals who get infected with the virus will have no symptoms, 20 percent could experience joint pain, headaches, and a rash.
Measures are being taken to kill mosquitoes in West Gulfport after a case of West Nile Virus was confirmed.
In some cases, complications from West Nile virus can be fatal.
West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis are diseases transmitted to horses and people via mosquito bites.
As the Labor Day weekend holiday approaches, KCHD wants people to know that it is vital to continue to protect themselves from the bite of a mosquito. About one in 150 people will become severely ill, with symptoms like stiff neck, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, muscle weakness, convulsions or paralysis.
"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".
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"While we have been enjoying the cool weather, temperatures are expected to climb back up next week and this means that that there is still a possibility of becoming sick with West Nile".
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. Anywhere water can collect, mosquitoes can breed.
The state can't say how many of those cases are in Central Georgia, but Lewis says he has his own way of keeping Mosquitos away.
The victim is a 50-year-old man, and his case represents the fifth diagnosis in a MA resident this year, the Boston Public Health Commission said in a statement.
Apply an insect repellant with DEET, IR3535, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus to exposed skin and clothing.