West Nile virus infection reported in Fairfax County

  • West Nile virus infection reported in Fairfax County

West Nile virus infection reported in Fairfax County

Human and non-human cases of West Nile Virus by state.

According to the Fairfax County Health Department, an adult resident living in the northeastern part of Fairfax County was hospitalized from the virus.

More information about WNV, mosquitoes in Boulder County and preventive measures can be found on the county's website, as well as the websites of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the CSU Extension.

Public health officials across the region have been warning about the risks of West Nile, especially after the unusually rainy July weather.

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

Prince George's County announced its first human case of the virus on Wednesday. But officials say to avoid false positives, which are common among such infections, a second sample will be sent to NIV in 10 days for a confirmation.

The positive test came from one of the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit's mosquito traps in Simcoe.

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

A year ago in the United States, the West Nile infection was reported in over 2000 patients, causing deaths of 121 people. Less than 1 percent of those people contracting the virus will develop severe symptoms.

People infected with West Nile virus may show no or very mild symptoms.

"With high levels of [West Nile Virus] in mosquitoes and the recent rains leading to even more mosquitoes, it's important for residents of Fairfax County to take precautions to protect themselves and their families", the Fairfax County Health Department said in a news release. Standing water is an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. People with weak immune systems or older than 60 are more at risk of the falling ill to the infection.