First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Butte Co: Public Health


"The recent wet and increasing hot weather has created the flawless conditions for the Culex mosquito that carries West Nile Virus", said Mark E. Wallace, executive director of the Weld County Health Department.

Spraying for mosquitoes will be done again in Worcester after another batch of the pesky insects tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Those zip codes are 40212, 40213, and 40214.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued an advisory through the Health Advisory Network to alert medical professionals about the risk of West Nile virus this year. Less than 1 percent of those people contracting the virus will develop severe symptoms.

Most people infected with West Nile virus show little to no symptoms, according the department.

Helwig adds that those with a weaker immune system and older adults at greater risk for a more serious case of West Nile.

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Various samples including serum of the patient were sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune to confirm the West Nile fever, typically spread by Monsonia and Qulex mosquitoes. Always read the repellent label and consult with a health care provider if you have questions when using these types of products for children.

Keep in mind to use insect repellant when you go outdoors.

"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. Long trousers and sleeves are also an important way to cut down on possible exposure to mosquitoes. Other repellents containing picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol are also effective against mosquitoes.

More information on the state's mosquito testing can be found here. "It's extremely important to avoid getting bit by mosquitoes". Since 2000, 134 human cases of West Nile virus have been diagnosed in CT residents including three fatalities.

Dr. Raul Pino, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health, said mosquito-borne illness is a threat to take seriously, especially from now until well into September.