New York health officials reported the first case of West Nile virus (WNV) in a Manhattan resident. The patient, who is over 50 years old, was hospitalized for encephalitis earlier this month and has since been discharged.
Health Department notes that this is the earliest identification of a human WNV case in New York City since the beginning of surveillance in 1
In addition, the first collection of mosquitoes was also reported infected with the virus of the 2018 season.
"The results of our mosquito surveillance and the early West Nile virus case serve as important reminders that mosquito season is here and that all New Yorkers should take precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites," said Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett. "We have one of the best mosquito control programs in the country, but West Nile virus is here to stay In order to reduce the likelihood of infection, all New Yorkers – including those living in Manhattan – should have outdoor mosquito repellent, masking arms Using legs and legs, removing stagnant water and installing screens. "
Discovered in Uganda in 1937 West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne disease that can cause encephalitis.
It was first discovered in North America in 1999 and has since spread across the continental United States and Canada.
Most people get infected with West Nile virus through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to humans and other animals.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 80 percent of people (about 4 of them) are affected by 5) who are infected with WNV, will show no symptoms at all.
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Up to 20 percent of people who become infected have symptoms such as fever, headache and body aches, nausea, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph nodes or a rash on the chest, abdomen and back. The symptoms can last only a few days, even healthy people have been sick for several weeks.
About one in 150 people infected with WNV will develop a serious illness.
The severe symptoms may include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, drowsiness, disorientation, coma, tremors, cramps, muscle weakness, vision loss, deafness, and paralysis. These symptoms may last for several weeks and neurological effects may be permanent.
There is no specific treatment for WNV infection.
In a very small number of cases, the West Nile virus was transmitted by blood transfusions, organ transplants, and from mother to baby during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding, according to the CDC.