The Middlesex County has confirmed its first case of a human infection from the West Nile virus for this year. According to the government health officials, the patient is recuperating well to the treatment. However, they remain critical about its spread.
Meanwhile, Massachusetts Department of Public Health has asked the locals to remain more careful for the rest of summer and fall as a preventive measure against the infection.
The health department of Riverside County has also sounded a public alert after confirmed cases of the virus were reported.
Riverside County Department of Environmental Health has reported confirmed cases of the disease in Hemet, Temecula and Murrieta. It has reported confirmed cases of the Vector-borne Disease Section at UC Davis. The health officials have collected the mosquito samples on August 11 and 12 from many locations including the northwestern Temecula and Monroe Basin and western Hemet. As many as 81 samples were confirmed positive for the virus during
the summers last year.
West Nile Virus, Symptoms and Preventive measures
The West Nile Virus is spread through an infected mosquito bite to humans and some animals.
- Mild symptoms like fever, body aches and headaches may appear.
- In most of the cases, infected individuals don’t show or experience any illness.
- Young children, elderly and people with lowered immunity system are at high risk of developing more severe symptom.
- Insect repellent should be used for protection against mosquito bites.
- In order to avoid the mosquito bites in best possible way don’t forget the peak mosquito hours. Dawn and dusk are peak biting times.
- Outdoor work timings should be rescheduled to avoid encounter with the insects.
- Proper clothing should be followed.
- A mosquito-proof home as well as neighbourhood is required. Hence, focus should be given on maintaining cleanness and hygiene. Drains and sewage should be regularly cleaned and covered.