West Nile virus detected in southern ME mosquito pool


"Know your risk and take action to prevent mosquito bites to protect yourself and your family against West Nile virus", said Dr. Greg Lakin, State Health Officer".

The KDHE says many people in the area may get infected with West Nile Virus, although, most cases are mild and go undetected.

OPH is targeting areas where the county is seeing the disease-carrying mosquitoes and will continue to conduct adult mosquito control events.

DRAIN STANDING WATER-Standing water is the flawless breeding ground for mosquitoes. The mosquitoes then infect the humans and animals they bite, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The first West Nile Virus-related death in the state since 2016 has been reported in Yellowstone County. Most people fully recover, but for some, it can develop into a severe illness that affects the central nervous system.

Use Insect Repellent: When used as directed, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women. People should also consider staying indoors during times of high mosquito activity such as dawn and dusk, and keep screens in good fix.

Watch for health department alerts and warnings about mosquito disease outbreak.

- Use screens on your windows and doors.

IDPH officials say previous year, the first human West Nile virus death in IL wasn't reported until September 29th.

There were 63 cases in 2017 and one death, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health.

Most people who become infected with WNV do not develop any symptoms.

Both cases are now pending confirmation testing through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In a statement, IDPH Director Nirav Shah M.D., J.D. says that while the end of summer is nearing, "West Nile virus remains a risk until the first hard frost".

Officials at the LaSalle County Health Department declined to comment on what part of the county the resident was from, citing patient confidentiality.

West Nile has impacted 58 IL counties this year in animal and mosquito cases.