Officials from Florida and South Carolina are warning the public that the West Nile Virus has been found in mosquitos and birds for the 2018 season, with one human case confirmed in Florida. Warmer fall weather has allowed mosquitos to persist, increasing the odds of contracting the disease in areas where the virus has been previously found in bird and mosquito samples.
In Florida, a human case of West Nile was confirmed in a Gadsden County resident, urging public health officials to warn the public of a heightened risk. Similarly, Greenville County, South Carolina officials are also warning residents about a heightened risk of West Nile following the finding of yet another West Nile carrying bird in the area. Officials there are planning to conduct a mosquito fogging in the area in which the bird was found in an attempt to prevent the virus from spreading.
West Nile Virus is carried by mosquitos and can be transferred to humans through a bite. It's important to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites when spending time outdoors. Here are some tips for preventing mosquitos and potential exposure to the West Nile Virus:
Avoiding mosquito bites is the best way to prevent West Nile Virus from infecting you or your family. For more information on the West Nile Virus, visit the Center for Disease Control's website.
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The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks mosquitoes as one of earth's deadliest animals, thanks to their ability to spread disease. These diseases include Zika, the West Nile virus, Chikungunya, dengue, yellow fever and malaria. Malaria alone killed nearly 450,000 people in 2016, mainly young children and babies in sub-Saharan Africa.
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