Officials warn about West Nile as suspected infection tested

Nora Nguyen
August 4, 2018

Going into the long weekend, the province is reminding people that warm and dry conditions have been ideal for the breed of mosquito that carries West Nile, the culex tarsalis. Officials did not release any details as to the person's sex or age.

Weld County Health Department Executive Director Mark Wallace says the combination of wet and increasingly hot weather in the area has created the flawless conditions for the type of mosquito that carries West Nile Virus.

Health officials say infected mosquitoes can transmit the virus to people and other animals.

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Reports of West Nile infection comes after the deadly spread of the Nipah virus in the district.

The number of confirmed infections can vary from year to year. But one person was infected past year and 2016, two people contracted the disease with one death.

The state is checking the case of an Allegheny County resident, sending samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Severe cases can lead to more serious illnesses, such as encephalitis and paralysis, and in some cases it can be fatal. About one in five will develop flu-like symptoms that can include fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.

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Benjamin Schwartz, director of epidemiology and population health for Fairfax County, said that with the high levels [of the virus] in mosquitoes and the recent rains leading to even more mosquitoes, it is important for residents to take precautions for themselves and their families.

Callanan said the efforts residents are making to reduce mosquito breeding sites on their properties are helping every year. The most vulnerable people are those who are at least 50 or have weakened immune systems.

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