2 equine cases of West Nile Virus confirmed in Montana

11 August, 2018, 11:44 | Author: Lynne Higgins
  • Officials say two pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus

Officials say they expect to continue to see increased West Nile activity throughout the state.

Two new cases were reported in Hinds County.

Nineteen municipalities this year, including Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury and Bridgeport, have had mosquitoes that tested positive. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as a headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. These areas include standing water in rain barrels, bird baths, unused tires, gutters, and boat or pool covers.

- When possible, wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts while outside.

Drain any water that collects around your home. Signs of infection in horses include fever (although not always with WNV), anorexia, head pressing, depression or personality change, wobbling or staggering, weakness, blindness, convulsions, muscle spasms in the head and neck, or hind-limb weakness.

About one in 150 people infected with West Nile virus will develop severe illness.

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Since the summer of 1999, West Nile virus has quietly spread to most states in the USA. Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions.

"While the symptoms may not seem threatening in the vast majority of cases, serious impacts to health can occur from being bitten by mosquitoes that carry this virus", McDonnell said.

Infected samples have been found in the city of Harrisburg, Conewago Township, East Hanover Township, Derry Township, Halifax Township, Lower Paxton Township, Londonderry Township, Lykens borough, Middle Paxton Township, Millersburg borough, Paxtang borough, Susquehanna Township, Swatara Township, Washington Township and West Hanover Township.

While there are no vaccines against WNV or EEE for humans, effective EEE and West Nile vaccines are available for horses through veterinarians, according to the Delaware Department of Agriculture's State Veterinarian's Office.

Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, DCHHS interim director, said: "Dallas not only conducts active surveillance to detect WNV and monitor infection rates locally but also educates the community to take preventative action". For more information about Dauphin County's WNV Control Program, contact Christopher Hooper, program coordinator, at 717-921-8100.

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