Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
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Fairfax County resident infected with West Nile Virus, health officials say

Fairfax County resident infected with West Nile Virus, health officials say

A statement from the Shelby County Health Department on Thursday says the virus has been detected in mosquitoes throughout the county and officials are advising residents to take extra precautions.

"But through a very aggressive trapping and monitoring program we're seeing higher numbers of West Nile virus infected mosquito pools".

The department said the child was experiencing neurological symptoms and was hospitalized.

The man - who is the first confirmed human case of West Nile in Idaho this year - fell ill but has since recovered, SWDH spokesperson Katrina Williams told KTVB.

However, the season isn't over yet, and the number of "vector" mosquitoes is increasing as the summer moves on, he said.

"Public Health thanks the community for being diligent in removing standing water and eliminating the places where mosquitoes can breed", Callanan said.

"In recent years, when one human case occurs in an area, other cases often follow in the same part of the county", Fairfax officials said.

West Nile virus is transmitted through mosquitoes.

In Maryland, there were five reported cases of West Nile a year ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Symptoms of the viral disease vary from person to person. Severe cases can lead to more serious illnesses, such as encephalitis and paralysis, and in some cases it can be fatal.

Officials also recommend dumping out standing water that can collect in old tires, planters, buckets, toys, flowerpots, trash cans and birdbaths. About one in five will develop flu-like symptoms that can include fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.

The most vulnerable to the virus are people age 50 and older and those who have weakened immune systems because of diseases such as diabetes and cancer.

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