West Nile virus found in Madison County

Chris Horton of the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project are displayed in Pittsfield Mass

Last year, the state reported 442 human cases with 19 fatalities.

"Most persons infected with LACV have no apparent illness", the CDC states. Of those, 88 people have been hospitalized for the illness and three have died. Severe disease (involving encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain) occurs most commonly in children under age 16, and is often accompanied by seizures. For instance, in our area, Asian Tiger mosquitoes which are carriers for Zika virus primarily bite very aggressively during the day.

"We've only been doing this hot and heavy for two years in Kanawha County", he said. The bite of this mosquito is very gentle and usually unnoticed by people.

La Crosse was only found in Kanawha County. "West Nile was first identified in OH in 2001, so it's not new to our area, but we like to take the opportunity to remind everyone to take precautions".

Mosquitoes that transmit West Nile are most active at dawn and dusk.

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About one in 150 will develop neurological conditions. Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash, and fatigue. Some show no symptoms while about 20 per cent get flu-like symptoms and feel under the weather.

Culex mosquitoes, which can carry the West Nile virus, breed in ditches, open septic systems, discarded tires, unused wading pools and other assorted containers, particularly in the shade.

Remove all sources of standing water around your home and yard to prevent mosquito breeding.

They also recommend choosing a mosquito repellent that is registered by the EPA and contains DEET.

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