First West Nile Virus case of 2017 reported in Tarrant County

New CDC data shows gaps remain in surveillance for mosquitoes that transmit Zika
First West Nile Virus case of 2017 reported in Tarrant County

24 June, 2017

Photos courtesy of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

California officials have confirmed that Zika virus-carrying mosquitoes have been detected in Long Beach, California for the first time ever.

"West Nile virus, like other mosquito-borne diseases such as Lacrosse encephalitis, can cause symptoms that include a fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or a body rash", said Dr. Michael Kilkenny, physician director for the Cabell-Huntington Health Department, in the release.

Mosquito larval surveillance has indicated the presence of mosquito larvae in catch basins across the country, according to a County of Lambton news release.

They are sent to a Fort Collins lab to test if they carry West Nile virus.

TCPH would like to remind residents of the importance of taking personal protective measures to safeguard against West Nile Virus. As of June 9, the Health Department reported 82 cases of Zika in New York City in 2017.

Summer in NY means the return of patio brunch season, rooftop pools and all your favorite outdoor activities. The case involved an elderly resident of San Gabriel Valley who was hospitalized in March.

Though it is usually mild or has no symptoms, Zika can have serious outcomes for certain groups, particularly pregnant women. Newsweek reports the baby of an infected mother has a 6% chance of developing a birth defect.

Here are the result of the first two weeks of mosquito trapping and testing in the state.

In the spring and fall of 2016, CDC conducted surveys to record where Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes were found. But the Asian tiger mosquito, which has become more common in CT over the past few years, also has been linked to the disease. "We are doing everything to ensure this mosquito does not become established or thrive in our communities". "We should not have to wait for more members of our community to get sick before they act".

Earlier this month, mosquitoes in Bannock County, Idaho tested positive for West Nile, but Rigby said there have been no reported cases here for a few years. They'll also spray pesticides to target mosquito breeding grounds if persistent West Nile virus activity is reported. Sanjeev Rao at the Fairfield Urgent Care Center.

DEET: Make sure this ingredient is in your insect repellent. "Unfortunately, West Nile disease is a common occurrence in Indiana during mosquito season", said Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, Indiana's health commissioner.

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