2 equine cases of West Nile Virus confirmed in Montana

West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Perth County traps

Which means, the best way to avoid exposure to West Nile virus is to avoid mosquito bites.

In European Union (EU) countries, 111 cases of the virus - mostly in Italy and Greece - have been reported so far in 2018.

This season, mosquito samples have tested positive for WNV in the cities of Addison, Balch Springs, Coppell, Dallas, Desoto, Garland, Highland Park, Irving, Mesquite, Richardson, Rowlett, and University Park.

Symptoms of West Nile virus in humans are typically like those of a mild flu, but the virus can lead to a more serious condition that includes swelling of the brain, muscle convulsions, coma, paralysis and death. Drain such areas around your home (gutters, pools, tires, buckets, water bowls, etc.).

"We always recommend wearing long sleeves and long trousers". Empty containers and change water weekly in containers that can not be removed, such as bird baths, pet dishes and wading pools. However, the virus can be spread across people via mosquito bites but does not spread from person to person.

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Kwit said healthy people might have come in contact with the West Nile Virus and might not even know it. Mosquitoes can become infected when they feed on the blood from infected birds.

∫ If outside when mosquitoes are active, use an insect repellent containing DEET. The virus is life-threatening for the elderly.

The West Nile virus was detected in 17 zip codes, according to most recent data. There have been no reported human cases of the virus in the county this year.

Since 2000, there have been 134 human cases of West Nile virus-associated illnesses and three deaths in the state. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all residents of areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of getting West Nile encephalitis. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician if you have questions about the use of repellent on children, as repellent is not recommended for children younger than 2 months.

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