As people soak in the last unofficial week of summer, Public Health experts say watch out for mosquitoes because they've seen West Nile Virus activity in our area.
Two cases of human West Nile virus have been confirmed by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. The mosquito-borne illness was reported on August 21 to have caused two deaths that were in Forrest and Humphreys counties.
Escambia County Mosquito Control Division and FDOH-Escambia continue surveillance and prevention efforts, but want to ensure residents and visitors are aware and take proper precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
Mosquitoes spread West Nile by first feeding on infected birds, then pass it on to other birds and mammals, including humans, when they bite. The virus survives in nature in birds and is transmitted by mosquitoes that feed on infected birds.
Checking doors and window screens for holes and gaps, wearing long trousers and long-sleeved shirts, and using mosquito repellent can help prevent against bites as well, they said.More news: Samsung Teases New Wearables For IFA 2017
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About 80% of people who get the virus don't know they have it.
Symptoms of west nile include high fever, headaches, muscle aches, vomiting and loss of appetite. When infected, some people will experience flu-like symptoms.
Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are active (especially late afternoon, dusk to dawn and early morning). During 2016, 13 cases of West Nile virus infection were reported among Wisconsin residents.
Cover exposed skin by wearing a hat, long sleeves and long trousers in places where mosquitoes are especially active, such as wooded areas.