Thursday, August 13, 2015

West Nile found; precautions recommended

Health officials in West Virginia have confirmed finding mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus. The State Bureau of Public Health Director says the disease has so far only been found in insects. No humans have tested positive for the illness. According to the West Virginia Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services, the state has routinely tested mosquitos for West Nile since the virus first appeared in the United States in 1999. However, the find is not reason for alarm. According to reports filed by OEPS, the virus is found in mosquitos in the state on a regular basis.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus has also been found in Kentucky. Like West Virginia, there have been no human cases in Kentucky. West Nile is spread to humans through mosquitos. The CDC recommends limiting exposure to the disease by preventing mosquito bites, using insect repellent, long clothing, and taking extra precautions during peak mosquito time between dusk and dawn.