MS confirms 2nd human case of West Nile this year


Authorities in MS are confirming another case of the West Nile virus in a resident.

Mosquitoes in three Toledo-area locations tested positive for West Nile virus, the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department said Thursday, marking the first positive tests in the county this year.

In an effort to stop the spread of these mosquitos, the Shelby County Health Department will spray at-risk areas with insecticides the week of July 10. She details what the virus discovery this year means.

The local public health district has already placed larvicide in storm drains in Champaign-Urbana, including in the University of IL campus area, and in Savoy to help reduce the mosquito population, according to Administrator Julie Pryde.

Rupp said the amount of mosquitoes with West Nile Virus is pretty consistent throughout Utah and the western United States.

How much of the virus there is, and how long it's seen, each season depends on the weather, he said.

Statewide, 17 counties reported West Nile's presence as opposed to 23 counties by this time past year.

Snyder recommended people wear mosquito repellant when outdoors, especially at dawn or dusk. Experts also suggest eliminating sources of stagnant water around homes and using screens to protect windows and doors. Overall, there were 2,038 cases of the virus in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Abatement officials say recent hot temperatures have resulted in a spike in the population of the species of mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus.

About 1 percent people infected get seriously ill.

The agency says that it has received lab confirmation that mosquitoes collected as part of its ongoing efforts to track the presence of West Nile have tested positive for the virus.