Kathimerini: West Nile virus death toll rises to 22

Mosquitoes across Jefferson County test positive for West Nile virus

Lincoln - Human West Nile virus cases continue to be reported in Nebraska above what is expected for this time of year, particularly from the Douglas County and Sarpy/Cass counties health jurisdictions.

Another 22 are now receiving treatment in hospital, including 12 in intensive care units, KEELPNO data revealed.

WNV and EEE are arboviruses that are transmitted from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Officials say West Nile virus has been confirmed in two horses in northeast Wyoming.

No cases were recorded in 2015 and 2016, but in 2017 the country reported five fatalities.

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This is the third case of West Nile reported in DE horses in 2018.

DHHS urges anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever and headache, to contact their local medical provider. Symptoms of the more serious West Nile encephalitis include inflammation of the brain, disorientation, convulsions and paralysis.

Locally, the health unit's surveillance program has shown that West Nile virus activity remains within local and historical norms. The first and second cases were diagnosed in August, and occurred in a 3-year-old Standardbred mare residing in Kent County with unknown vaccination status and a 2-year-old thoroughbred mare also in Kent County that was not up-to-date on its WNV vaccine. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and some lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. Key prevention tips include using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers.

Try to stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active (dusk to dawn).

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