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West Nile Virus detected in mosquitoes in Worcester and Auburn; No humans have tested positive

There have been no reports of people contracting the virus this year in Lake County. No human cases have been confirmed so far this year.

Sentinel chickens have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and nine mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in Norfolk, the Norfolk Department of Health announced Thursday.

The first postitive test for West Nile virus in MA this year was in a mosquito in Weymouth near the end of last month, the state Department of Public Health said. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water.

West Nile virus is an infectious disease that was first introduced to the United States in 1999. Recovery from critical cases takes several weeks or months, but some damages of the nervous system can be irreversible. Those over age 50 are at greatest risk of serious illness, such as encephalitis (e.g., inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (e.g., inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord).

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Symptoms of West Nile Virus can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss and numbness. One in 10 people who experience severe West Nile virus die.

On June 28, mosquitoes in Suffolk tested positive for the West Nile Virus and EEE. The program also monitors reports of dead birds (an early sign of the presence of the virus) and investigates areas of stagnant water for the presence of mosquito larvae, specifically from the Culex mosquito, which is the primary carrier of West Nile in IL.

Visible symptoms can install between 5 to 15 day from the mosquitoes bite.

There is no evidence that humans can contract West Nile virus from handling infected birds, alive or dead, but people are advised to avoid bare-handed contact when handling a dead animal.

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