West Nile virus detected in Walworth County | Health Care

  • West Nile virus detected in Walworth County | Health Care

West Nile virus detected in Walworth County | Health Care

The reported case is in Pearl River County.

MS had two deaths related to the mosquito-borne virus past year, when 63 cases were reported, according to the health department.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, mosquito samplings in the following municipalities in Montgomery County tested positive for West Nile virus: Collegeville; Norristown; Upper Merion; Upper Providence; Whitpain; Worcester. Symptoms don't show for two to 14 days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito.

Some cases do develop into the more series West Nile Neurological Syndrome, with symptoms of that incliding tremors, swallowing problems, unconsciousness, paralysis and even death.

Use a mosquito repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient such as DEET while you are outdoors.

This year's first case of the season was reported in Hinds County in late June. The elderly and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk.

Marylanders are urged to monitor their own yards and gardens for standing water that can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Airplanes will spray a fine mist of an insecticide called Trumpet EC over sections of Elk Grove, the Pocket Neighborhood and neighborhoods south of Fruitridge Road.

Recent samples collected from the West End and North Side have tested positive for the virus, according to the health department. Many people may not realize they have been infected.

Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants. Wear repellent and wear long sleeves and trousers at these times, or stay indoors. If it rains, the spraying will be done during the same hours Friday.

"These infections are rare, but this is a tragic reminder that they can be fatal", said Public Health Veterinarian Carl Williams.