West Nile Virus a "Public Health Threat" in Southern N.H

Mosquitoes across Jefferson County test positive for West Nile virus

Mosquitoes across Jefferson County test positive for West Nile virus

Washoe County has it's first West Nile Virus case acquired locally this year.

Another 22 are now receiving treatment in hospital, including 12 in intensive care units, KEELPNO data revealed.

The agency reported investigating 73 cases of the West Nile virus so far in 2018. To date, Nebraska has reported 79 cases with 42 of the cases being neuroinvasive. State health officials urge residents and visitors to New Hampshire to protect themselves and their family members by using an effective mosquito repellant that contains 30 percent DEET, wearing long sleeves and trousers at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active, and removing standing water from around homes to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.

WNV was already known to be present in mosquitoes in the region. Recommendations include wearing mosquito repellent ...dress in long-sleeved shirts, trousers and socks when outside and limit outdoor activity during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Try to stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active (dusk to dawn).

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The number of human cases of West Nile virus varies each year.

Another helpful step is getting rid of areas of standing water around homes and in the community.

Preventing mosquitos from breeding by removing stagnant water from areas such as flowerpots, plastic containers, gutters and downspouts.

Less than one per cent of those infected with West Nile virus will experience serious symptoms, which may include: high fever, severe headache, muscle weakness, stiff neck or confusion.

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