Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Health officials confirm mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus found in West Virginia

State health officials in West Virginia have confirmed mosquitoes in the Mountain State are carrying the West Nile Virus (WNV). 

Dr. Rahul Gupta, Executive Director of the Bureau for Public Health says mosquitoes in West Virginia have tested positive for the virus.

Gupta says the virus is limited to the insects and that no people have tested positive for West Nile.

Health officials say the mosquitoes were found in Kanawha County. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. The CDC recommends reducing your risk of infection by using repellent and wearing protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites. 

Presently, there are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent WNV infection. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash.

Most people with this type of West Nile virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.