Health Department confirms first case of West Nile Virus in Shelby County

Faith Castro
August 3, 2018

The resident started to feel ill on July 27 and was hospitalized the next day, the release said.

Between 2013 and 2015, there were no reported human cases with only single cases reported in 2016 and 2017.

Maryland's Department of Agriculture said it found the virus in mosquitoes collected in the Riverdale Park area of Prince George's County.

The West Nile Virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito, according to health officials.

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Boulder County Public Health recently confirmed that mosquitoes in Erie, Louisville and Longmont, Colorado, have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV), providing a reminder for the campus community to take precautions when outdoors this time of year.

The positive test in Oakville came from mosquitoes trapped this week.

The infection can even affect the central nervous system and last for months or years. WNV infections are generally mild but can, in more serious cases, cause encephalitis, meningitis, loss of vision, paralysis, coma, tremors, convulsions and death. A rare number of people can experience more significant symptoms. Anyone who thinks they may be infected should see a doctor immediately, officials said. About one in five will develop flu-like symptoms that can include fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.

Since mosquitoes are attracted to standing water, residents are also advised to clean or empty out items that may hold water such as old tires, buckets, planters, toys, birdbaths, flowerpots, tarps, trash containers, downspout extensions and other containers to stop mosquitoes from breeding on your property.

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