Louisiana, Mississippi top nation in illness from West Nile


"The hot, humid weather in MA combined with frequent heavy rainfall has provided ideal conditions for mosquito species carrying West Nile Virus to breed", said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH.

Health officials in Kalamazoo County say they have had positive tests for West Nile Virus in several dead birds.

A third human case of a West Nile virus infection has been documented in Panama City Beach, increasing the concern for transmission.

To report suspected cases of human WNV, call the DPH Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 888-295-5156.

By and large, most people infected with West Nile do not experience any symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About one in five infected persons will have mild illness which may include fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Also, a small number may develop more severe symptoms, including confusion, tremors and sudden sensitivity to light. Cover skin with long-sleeve shirts and trousers and use mosquito repellent. Recommendations include: removing stagnant water sources; keeping animals inside during the bugs' feeding times, which are typically early in the morning and evening; and using mosquito repellents. Make sure you wear mosquito repellent and have screens on your windows to reduce getting a mosquito bite.

The mosquito pools were collected August 6 through August 8.

Once in water - as little as a spoon's worth - mosquitos will go from larvae to a biting menace in a mere three days.

FILE PHOTO: Michael Jones, a technician applicator with Mosquito Squad, sprays a home with mosquito elimination product in Suwanee, Ga. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently. Wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin. Unused swimming pools should be drained and kept dry during the mosquito season.

-Repair: Keep mosquitoes outside.

Stewart reported the next municipal court health department visit will be September 12.

The CDC has reported human cases of West Nile in 40 states this summer.