4 cases of West Nile virus in Minnesota — CDC

Desiree Burns
August 10, 2018

The chances of getting West Nile Virus from an infected mosquito are low.

Officials say positive mosquito batches have been found in traps located in every community the district serves.

Anyone with the sudden onset of these severe symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

For more information on West Nile Virus, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website at: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/wn-no/index-eng.php or call the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit at 519.355.1071.

The illness can sometimes be fatal with about one out of 150 infected people dying from complications due to the virus.

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The virus can cause symptoms similar to those of the flu, but in extreme cases, it can result in tremors, fever, comas and a lethal swelling of the brain tissue known as encephalitis.

This year, deaths have so far been reported in Iowa, North Carolina and Texas.

The Clark County Health Department says routine mosquito sampling by the state found West Nile in Jeffersonville.

To protect yourself from the disease, experts recommend wearing insect repellent, avoid going outside between dawn and dusk which are peak mosquito feeding times, and to wear loose clothing.

Health officials said if you do get symptoms, the fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months afterward. But the elderly and those with compromised immune systems can become seriously ill and could die. The health department will also continue spraying pesticides until this year's first "freezing" temperatures.

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