Fairfax County resident infected with West Nile Virus, health officials say

Fairfax County resident infected with West Nile Virus, health officials say

West Nile can affect a person's nervous system. These agencies are responsible for monitoring the potential public health threat of mosquito-borne diseases.

West Nile Virus symptoms can appear three to 14 days after an infection. The mosquitos get infection when they feed on infected birds. "If you need to be outside - and especially if you work outside - take action to protect yourself and your family".

"If there is a four-fold increase in the antibody count in the second sample, only then can we say it is a West Nile infection". The virus disease is transmitted to human being through mosquito bites. There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent West Nile Virus.

The Department of Public Health and Wellness has also advised residents to mosquito-proof their homes by installing fix screens to keep the insects outside, using an air conditioning system, and emptying standing water.

Although crews are spraying insecticides and larvicides, health officials say residents should take protective actions that include wearing insect repellant, draining any standing water, dressing in trousers and long sleeves when outdoors and staying indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

No human or horse cases have been reported with West Nile virus-associated illnesses in CT this season. Birds are the natural hosts of West Nile virus.

"Basically, that means those mosquitoes are out there and this is the time to be the most cautious", said Parks and Recreation Director Ron Klock. Make sure all the windows and doors have mosquito screening, they must be sealed around the downspout and check for holes in the screening. Wearing long trousers and long sleeves to cover exposed skin can also mitigate bites. Do not apply under clothing, to wounds or irritated skin, the hands of children, or to infants less than two months old.

Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors.

DEET is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents.

The Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project, which the city joined earlier this year, will spray for mosquitoes Tuesday, Aug. 7. Mosquitoes are grouped (pooled) for testing according to species, collection site, and date. Officials also say that they have been getting more mosquitoes than usual in traps that are set out around the county.

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