First Human Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in St. Louis County

West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Perth County traps

The first positive detection of West Nile Virus this season has been confirmed by Ada County health officials. The patient lived in the 75229 ZIP code area north of Love Field Airport.

Fortunately, most people infected with West Nile virus develop the less severe form of the disease or develop no symptoms at all.

They are most active at dawn and dusk and will bite humans as well as other mammals and birds.

MS reported 63 West Nile cases and two deaths in 2017.

In the meantime, topical insecticides and eliminating standing water may help decrease your horse's exposure to mosquitoes.

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West Nile is transmitted through bites from infected mosquitoes.

In less than one percent of people, the virus causes aseptic meningitis or encephalitis which require hospitalization.

Dress: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside. Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions.

Since the summer of 1999, West Nile virus has quietly spread to most states in the USA. They routinely collect samples for testing. Two different mosquito populations included the presence of West Nile.

"Any time you are sick, consult with a health care provider, especially during the time of the year we might see more mosquito activity", she said. The homeowners should make sure that there is no standing areas of water near their properties as well as water fountains, plant containers and pet dishes.

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