Six cases of West Nile reported in Lancaster County

Ben Davidson
August 31, 2018

West Nile is spread through mosquito bites, and the peak season for it is late summer and early fall.

A Cambridge woman has been diagnosed with West Nile virus, one of four human cases of the mosquito-borne illness reported so far in MA, the city's Public Health Department said Tuesday.

With Milner Stadium in the middle alert zone, high school football games this week mean there will be a lot more people in the area than just residents.

Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets and barrels. The most effective way to avoid WNV and other mosquito-borne disease is to prevent mosquito bites.

Additional traps were set in a six-county region of Doddridge, Harrison, Taylor, Marion, Monongalia and Preston, and while other mosquitoes did test positive for the virus, there are no human cases of West Nile.

"While most people who are infected recover without any long-term problems, some develop a more severe infection that can lead to complications and even death - especially those over 50 years of age", Byers said.

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When you are outdoors, use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient on skin and clothing, including DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. Follow the directions on the package.

DRESS APPROPRIATELY-Wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and socks. Also, any holes in screen doors or windows should be fixed so that bugs can not find their way inside.

There have been other reports in SC of the virus, including one in Boiling Springs, Greenwood and Anderson County, according to multiple news reports. This year, there are 22 human cases.

Both cases are now pending confirmation testing through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of that number, two were Montgomery County residents.

Fifty-three cases and two deaths have been reported in Louisiana, a CDC report shows.

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