West Nile found in Winnipeg mosquitoes for 1st time this season

Two West Nile virus cases confirmed in Greece | Kathimerini

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said in an announcement Tuesday the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory confirmed the virus in a mosquito sample that was taken from Weymouth on June 20. While no human or animal infections have been detected, officials are warning residents to use precautions, including the use of insect repellant, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers to keep mosquitoes from biting.

Mosquitoes trapped on the South Shore of MA have been confirmed carriers of West Nile virus, health officials said. The reservoir (where the virus normally lives and multiples) is wild birds.

Mosquitoes transmit the disease to humans by biting an infected bird, and then biting a human. "The virus arrives in the U.P. annually".

Most people who get infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms or mild symptoms.

According to the City of Suffolk, horses in the city are commonly found with EEE.

Symptoms of the West Nile virus occur three to 15 days after infection from a mosquito bite and some people may not have any symptoms at all, Frankovich said. "So it could certainly be in a community without you being aware, and birds are an excellent way to test to know", she added.

Symptoms that may be present are: high fever, headache, neck stiffness, muscle weakness or paralysis, and confusion.

"No vaccine or specific antiviral treatments for West Nile virus infection are available", the CDC website states. Most people have very mild disease.

A year ago six people were treated for West Nile virus originating in MA.

Homeowners should drain standing water where mosquitoes could lay eggs and fix screens when necessary.

Von Lanier can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 254.

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