Equine Health Alert: First Case of West Nile Reported in NY


Cases of West Nile virus was registered in 2018, Hungary, Italy, Romania and Serbia, according to the European centre for the prevention and control of diseases.

"We continue to have weather conditions that are favorable for the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus", said Dr. Philip Armstrong, Medical Entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment station, in a statement. MA and CT have also reported positive findings of WNV in mosquito samples this year.

Greene County Public Health (GCPH) recently received notice from ODH that the positive result came from a pool of mosquitoes in Beavercreek in the neighborhood of N. Fairfield Road, Hanes Road, Kemp Road, and Suburban Drive. The trap was part of the county's routine West Nile Virus Vector Surveillance testing.

Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk.

Epidemiologist Elizabeth Schiffman says the majority of people often don't have any symptoms, they may not even know they're infected.

In the CDC's most recent update on July 24, the agency stated that 39 people had been infected with the virus, although Iowa health officials said the woman who died was not included in the report.

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"This is the first direct evidence of West Nile activity in our area this summer", reads the release.

The SHA is reminding residents to take precautions including wearing insect repellants that contain DEET; ones containing Icaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus are also recommended. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms.

Health officials note that even a container as small as a bottle cap can become a mosquito breeding ground, so residents should take to eliminate standing water.

When outdoors, wear long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt and socks.

Also, be sure door and window screens are tight fitting and in good fix to avoid mosquito bites when indoors.