So far, 6 humans have already tested positive for the virus in Louisiana this year while no West Nile infected cases have been reported in Orleans Parish and Jefferson.
This season, mosquito samples have tested positive for WNV in the cities of Addison, Balch Springs, Coppell, Dallas, Desoto, Garland, Highland Park, Irving, Mesquite, Richardson, Rowlett, and University Park.
While a doctor can diagnose a case of West Nile Virus, he or she can't cure someone who has contracted it.
Drain - Empty any containers holding standing water - buckets, barrels, flower pots, tarps - because they are breeding grounds for virus-carrying mosquitoes.
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Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, DCHHS interim director, said: "Dallas not only conducts active surveillance to detect WNV and monitor infection rates locally but also educates the community to take preventative action". The increase in WNV detection in birds is occurring at about twice the normal rate, according to DNREC Mosquito Control officials.
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"I know it might be uncomfortable, considering the heat", said Natalie Kwit, State Public Health Veterinarian with the Vermont Department of Health, "but you should wear long sleeves and long trousers when outside". The primary mosquito that transmits EEE breeds in freshwater swamps. Symptoms in severe cases of EEE include a sudden onset of headache, high fever, chills, and vomiting. The elderly and those with weakened immune systems are most at risk. In fact, many people who contract it don't experience any symptoms. Symptoms may progress to stupor, disorientation, coma, convulsions, paralysis, and possibly death. County workers then capture and test mosquitoes from those areas to see whether they're infected.
"There is no direct treatment for the virus in horses, but vaccination is highly effective in preventing disease".