Human case of West Nile virus confirmed in Tennessee | Lexington Herald Leader

Human case of West Nile virus confirmed in Tennessee | Lexington Herald Leader

Human case of West Nile virus confirmed in Tennessee | Lexington Herald Leader

A resident in Mead has been hospitalized with a neuro-invasive form of West Nile Virus - the most serious form of the illness, according to a release from the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment.

However, the season isn't over yet, and the number of "vector" mosquitoes is increasing as the summer moves on, he said.

Health officials say infected mosquitoes can transmit the virus to people and other animals.

Between 2013 and 2015, there were no reported human cases with only single cases reported in 2016 and 2017. But one person was infected previous year and survived.in 2016, two people contracted the disease with one death.

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Overall, 39 cases of West Nile have been reported in humans as of July 24. In Virginia, there were 13, and in the District, there were four. Tests confirmed that the person had the neuro-invasive form of the virus.

Most people infected with the virus do not show symptoms, although more severe symptoms may occur, including fever, headaches, body aches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash.

Those who are 60 years of age or older are at the greatest risk along with those who have medical conditions like cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and or who have received organ transplants. Anyone who thinks they may be infected should see a doctor immediately, officials said.

Homeowners are also asked to eliminate standing water by cleaning eaves troughs, emptying bird baths, covering rain barrels with mosquito screens, getting rid of containers that collect water and landscaping for better drainage.

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