West Nile virus found in Walnut Creek bird, Byron mosquitoes

West Nile virus found in Mitchell

Health Department collecting dead birds

There have been no human cases of West Nile virus in OH this year. Horse owners should also consult their private practicing veterinarian to determine an appropriate disease prevention plan for their horses.

There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat the West Nile Virus, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control. Humans can't get the virus from each other or from birds. The WNV can be amplified and carried by infected birds and then spread locally by mosquitoes that bite those birds.

It's unknown whether the horse was infected at home or while traveling, said Mike Louisell, spokesman for the department. This index case was diagnosed by Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Fort Collins on August 2.

"Approximately one in five people who are infected with West Nile virus will develop symptoms (that include) fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash", Bolger said.

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More than 30 cases have been reported in some years, Louisell said.

According to yesterday's advisory, batches of mosquitoes are testing positive for the virus in the county, and DuPage isn't the only county experiencing an uptick in infections.

The state recommends vaccinating horses in the spring or obtaining an annual booster shot.

People should wear insect repellant that contains DEET, wear light-coloured clothing and make sure their properties are clear of standing water, where mosquitoes breed. They can also consider equine-approved mosquito repellent, place fans inside barns to maintain air movement and avoid leaving incandescent bulbs on at night, as they attract mosquitoes.

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