Title: First Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in Warren County
The Warren County Health District (WCHD) has recently reported the confirmation of the first positive case of West Nile Virus in Warren County. The positive sample was obtained from Miller Ecological Park in Lebanon on July 18, marking the beginning of the season for the virus in the county.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the majority of individuals infected with West Nile Virus show no symptoms, approximately 8 out of 10 people. However, 1 in 5 people may develop symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. In more severe cases, affecting 1 in 150 individuals, the virus can lead to life-threatening illnesses like encephalitis or meningitis.
It is important to note that people over the age of 60 are at a higher risk of experiencing severe symptoms caused by West Nile Virus. CDC data reveals that 1 in 10 individuals with severe illnesses caused by the virus unfortunately do not survive.
In efforts to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus, the WCHD has issued several key tips to minimize the chances of contracting the virus through mosquito bites:
1. Use insect repellent with a minimum of 30% DEET concentration.
2. Wear long sleeves and minimize exposure.
3. Regularly empty out trash to eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites.
4. Ensure doors and windows have undamaged, tight-fitting screens.
5. Remove any standing water on properties and dispose of containers that can hold water.
6. Properly maintain roof gutters to prevent water accumulation.
7. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools or hot tubs, including drained pool covers.
8. Change the water in bird baths weekly.
9. Clear ditches of obstructions to ensure proper drainage.
To further combat the spread of West Nile Virus, the WCHD will be using environmentally safe larvicide to treat standing water in public areas. These measures aim to reduce mosquito populations and minimize the risk of contracting the virus.
As Warren County faces its first positive case of West Nile Virus this season, it is crucial for residents to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites. By following the guidelines provided by the WCHD, individuals can significantly reduce their risk of contracting this potentially dangerous virus. Stay safe and keep informed.
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