The first confirmed human case of West Nile Virus in Butte County has been announced Thursday morning by the Butte County Public Health Department.
The resident became ill on July 27 and was hospitalized the following day, according to a release from Weld County.
West Nile infected mosquitoes have been discovered in three different Louisville zip code areas.
It's an especially important job this year because the Department of Environmental Protection is reporting the highest levels of West Nile in the mosquito population since the virus first appeared in the state. Since 2000, 134 human cases of West Nile virus have been diagnosed in CT residents including three fatalities.
"We are detecting more West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes, including those that readily feed on humans, than is typical for this time of year", said Dr. Philip Armstrong, Medical Entomologist at the CAES.
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There were a total of 25 reported human cases in 2017, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's website. Other symptoms, however, include fever, body aches and joint pain, vomiting or rash. The best method to reduce the risk of infections is avoiding mosquito bites. Philadelphia, Lancaster County, York County and Chester County are driving the trend, said Matt Helwig, the West Nile Program specialist at the DEP. Anonymous calls accepted. Just one neglected pool can produce more than 1 million mosquitoes and affect people up to five miles away. Dump or drain standing water. Bird baths, clogged gutters and kiddie pools are common breeding sites.
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Be particularly careful at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
DEET is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents.
To combat the risk of infection, residents are advised to use mosquito repellent, wear long trousers and sleeves to cover exposed skin, and avoid areas where mosquitoes congregate. Do not apply under clothing, to wounds or irritated skin, the hands of children, or to infants less than two months old.