Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
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One person from Jackson County likely died from West Nile Virus

One person from Jackson County likely died from West Nile Virus

Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers said last week that neighboring states have reported cases in humans - one in ME and four in MA.

West Nile virus is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. He spent 17 days in the hospital in August as doctors did tests to determine the cause for his extreme illness.

The department said the occasional dip in day and evening temperatures hasn't removed the risk of contracting West Nile virus.

MS reported 63 West Nile cases and two deaths in 2017.

As of September 13, 2018, EU Member States have reported a total of 948 human WNV cases.

Less than 1 percent of infected people develop a serious neurological illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis, the release stated. The infection can be fatal in rare cases.

Some symptoms of Lyme disease may not appear until weeks, months or years after a tick bite, affecting joints, nervous system and heart, said Overholt. In more severe cases, patients often need to be hospitalized to receive supportive treatment, such as intravenous fluids, pain medication and nursing care.

"It is not surprising that we are seeing more cases than usual this year given the intense mosquito activity that has been detected during the season", said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. "Horse owners need to work with their veterinarians to make sure their animals are appropriately vaccinated for West Nile virus". That includes using insect repellent when outdoors.

Drain areas with standing water where mosquitoes can breed, like old tires, flowerpots, wading pools and rain gutters. More severe symptoms include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.

Clothing - Wear shoes, socks, and long trousers and long-sleeves. Individuals who develop any of these symptoms should see their healthcare provider immediately.

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