Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
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State confirms 10 new cases of West Nile virus

State confirms 10 new cases of West Nile virus

Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds. Though most people - 8 out of 10, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - infected do not have any symptoms, the virus can cause high fever and flu-like illness.

"We've seen four times more West Nile virus human cases this year in the Commonwealth than last year", said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of developing central nervous system illness that can be fatal. Pay particular attention to recommendations for use on children, and never apply any of these products around the mouth or eyes at any age. Instead, babies should be dressed in clothing that completely covers their arms and legs.

Adults are also encouraged to dress in long-sleeve shirts and trousers to prevent getting mosquito bites. Standing water is breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

A 2018 map of mosquito pools and human infections.

There are now no vaccines to prevent, nor medication to treat West Nile virus in humans. However, those who do might complain of fever, headache, muscle and joint ache, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, and rash. West Nile virus infections in humans have been reported from June through October; however, most reported becoming ill with West Nile virus in August and September. Wearing long-sleeved clothes, and staying indoors at dawn, dusk and in the early evening can also reduce the risk of potential West Nile infections from mosquito bites.

People who were previously diagnosed with diabetes, cancer, hypertension, kidney disease, or had received organ transplants are extremely vulnerable.

Mosquito samples in Houma's Lisa Park subdivision have tested positive for the West Nile virus, Terrebonne Parish officials said today.

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