Seekonk mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile Virus

West Nile virus found in mosquitoes in Richmond, Henrico neighborhoods

West Nile virus found in mosquitoes in Richmond, Henrico neighborhoods

This is the first time the Hamilton County Health Department has found West Nile virus this year, spokesman Mike Samet said, though it's been around OH since at least 2001.

The health unit is reminding the public that the virus is mainly transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito.

Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.

A year ago there were 155 cases across the state. Therefore, the Richmond City Health District is encouraging all city residents to be mindful of public health messages about preventing mosquito bites and eliminating stagnant water around their homes where mosquitoes can breed.

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Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile and La Crosse viruses have been found in Kanawha County. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds. During 2016, 13 cases of West Nile virus infection were reported among Wisconsin residents.

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"Most people with this type of West Nile virus recovery completely". Those who do get sick commonly experience fever, nausea, headache and body aches within 3 to 14 days of the bite. The elderly and those with weak immune systems are the most vulnerable to the virus. Symptoms of more severe disease can include high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures and paralysis. The Health Department says the type of mosquitoes that were trapped are bird biting mosquitoes.

West Nile season has arrived in McLean County.

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