Mosquitos test positive for West Nile Virus in Simcoe

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A woman in Kozhikode district of Kerala is suspected of carrying a West Nile viral (WNV) infection and has been admitted to the Medical College.

A resident in Mead has been hospitalized with a neuro-invasive form of West Nile Virus - the most serious form of the illness, according to a release from the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment.

"Mosquito-borne diseases overall are increasing", CDC spokeswoman Kate Fowley told weather.com.

"Luckily, the summer to this point hasn't been extremely wet, which has limited prime breeding conditions for mosquitoes", Callanan said.

Urban areas are more likely to have mosquitoes that carry WNV.

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Symptoms of the viral disease vary from person to person, the CDC noted. It's infected more than 150 people in the state over the past six years. About 20% of people develop fever, headache, vomiting or a rash.

Carroll said West Nile is elevated in the Lehigh Valley this year, but no records have been broken. The initial body fluid sample taken from the 24-year-old woman and sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune has been confirmed as that of the West Nile viral infection. However, health officials said some severe cases of the virus can also lead to meningitis, encephalitis, paralysis and even death.

Health officials say the public should take extra precautions during dusk and dawn when mosquito activity is higher. Drain any standing water in your yard each week. Fix or replace screens with tears or holes.

As always, eliminate standing water on your property to prevent the development of Culex tarsalis mosquito populations. The use of mosquito nets can be useful at night, particularly for infants.

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