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Don't let your guard down; another case of West Nile Virus reported in Mobile County

Don't let your guard down; another case of West Nile Virus reported. (Source: MGN)

The Mobile County Health Department's Disease & Outbreaks (ID&O) division has reported a confirmed lab test result positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).

According to Mobile County Health Department (MCHD), the initial lab-confirmed case was announced in August.

The report released on Friday, states there are 12 humans with the disease.

Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for Mobile County, says “Don’t let your guard down; the public should assume that there are mosquitoes carrying the disease throughout Mobile County."

Dr. Eichold said, humans with WNV and other mosquito-borne diseases often have symptoms of high fever, severe headache, nausea, stiff neck, confusion, muscle weakness, paralysis, disorientation, and seizures that are severe enough to require medical attention.

In rare cases, WNV can cause coma or death and the seriousness of an illness may depend on a person’s health and age, says Dr. Eichold.

Health officials warn that it is extremely important that people taking part in outdoor activities make every effort to reduce their exposure to mosquitoes .

Jerry Folse, the Director of MCHD’s Vector Services, said his department will increase spraying and conduct door-to-door surveys in the immediate areas and inspectors will also attempt to trap adult mosquitoes and test them for the presence of WNV.

WNV is transmitted from bird to mosquito to bird. Mosquitoes can spread these viruses by feeding on the blood of infected birds and then biting another host animal or mammal such as a human or a horse.

The report says, although humans and horses can become ill from the infection, the disease cannot be spread from people or horses.

Currently, there are no WNV or Eastern Equine Encephalitis,(EEE ) vaccines available for humans.

To report an issue with mosquitoes, call 251-690-8124 or email VectorServices@mchd.org. To learn more, please visit http://mchd.org and under “Services” select “Vector Control.”

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