Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

First 2018 West Nile virus-related death reported in ND

First 2018 West Nile virus-related death reported in ND

State Deputy Epidemiologist Ann Garvey says 73 cases of the mosquito-borne virus have either been confirmed or are under investigation. "But it is not the end of the mosquito season".

Last year, there were 68 cases of West Nile in the state.

While summer is winding down, Sullivan County Health Department recommends county residents continue to be ever vigilant against mosquito bites.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states, "West Nile is a virus most commonly spread to people by mosquito bites".

Earlier it was reported that from may to September 2018 in Romania recorded 166 cases of meningitis and meningoencephalitis, caused by West Nile virus.

"This patient became ill less than a week ago, indicating that West Nile virus is actively being transmitted from mosquitoes to people", said Dr. Jenifer Jaeger, Director of BPHC's Infectious Disease Bureau. "People over 50 years old and those with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if infected with the virus". People with these symptoms should see a healthcare provider immediately. When present, symptoms tend to include fever and flu-like illness.

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