West Nile virus, Lyme disease still a threat

Public health officials warn of continuing threat poised by insects

"We are still in a peak period of West Nile virus transmission in the state so we urge everyone to take every possible precaution to protect themselves against mosquito bites", said CDPH director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith.

The first person to die in 2018 from the West Nile Virus passed away in Greenville County, according to a statement Monday from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. Half of North Dakota counties have confirmed a human case. It's transmitted by mosquitoes that chunk contaminated birds after which raise that illness to mammals, relish humans and horses.In step with the U.S. Centers for Illness Decide an eye fixed on, 20 percent of people bitten by an contaminated mosquito will manufacture a fever and totally different flu-relish indicators. In rare cases, the virus can cause serious neurological illness including encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain.


Defend by using an EPA-approved insect repellent. The Health District says that since this test was over a month ago, the new positive result is considered a sporadic event and not due to sustained mosquito activity. Of those who are infected with the viruses, eight out of 10 will not become ill.

And check and fix screen doors to help prevent mosquitoes from entering your home. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property by emptying flower pots, old vehicle tires, buckets and other containers.

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