1st human case of West Nile virus found in Tennessee

  • 1st human case of West Nile virus found in Tennessee

1st human case of West Nile virus found in Tennessee

In a follow-up on the human West Nile virus (WNV) situation in the Las Vegas/Southern Nevada area shows that four additional cases have been report in the past two days.

Crews are already working on truck-mounted mosquito abatement treatments in the surrounding area in an effort to prevent humans from catching the virus. While EEE can infect people of all ages, people under15 years of age or over 50 years of age are at greatest risk for serious illness.

"With the warmer temperatures, we've seen recently West Nile virus activity continues to increase", Goodman said.

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne disease that produces no symptoms in most people who contract it.

Only two mosquito samples in Yolo County have tested positive thus far in 2019, compared to 53 mosquito samples and 19 dead birds that had tested positive by this time past year.

Mosquitoes can also transmit West Nile virus to horses and occasionally to other animals. Three people died of West Nile virus in 2018 in Shelby County. Meanwhile, states in the mid-Atlantic-including New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania-reported more cases than usual.

Approximately 93 percent of arboviral disease cases occurred between April-September in 2018, which is consistent with the peak trends in past years.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the disease killed 167 people previous year.

To report dead birds, call the hotline for the California Department of Public Health at (877) 968-2473.

Drain Standing Water - Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water.

Clothing can help reduce mosquito bites.

As part of the mosquito tracking program, the New Bedford Health Department will request that the BCMCP target key areas of the New Bedford for spraying, including public parks and locations that host large public events. To sign up for email notifications about spraying, go to spray notifications at the district's website at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net.

Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn to prevent mosquito bites.

Install or fix screens on windows and doors. Check the product label for instructions on proper use.