Seasons's first human case of West Nile virus confirmed
Aug 12 2017 by Desiree Burns
Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.
Multiple positive West Nile virus mosquito pools have been identified in Elmore County this week.
The season's first positive specimen of West Nile virus in Grand Rapids was discovered on the city's South East side on Tuesday, Aug. 8.
County officials said containers should be emptied of stagnant water every five days to prevent adult mosquitoes from emerging.
West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.
The West Nile Virus has reached another part of Western Massachusetts.
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No human cases of West Nile Virus have been found in West Springfield or the surrounding communities. Less than one percent of people infected with the virus get seriously ill with symptoms that include high fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, mental confusion, tremors, confusion, paralysis and coma.
There have been no human cases so far.
"West Nile virus infection can cause a mild or moderate flu-like illness, or sometimes no symptoms at all".
They're also most active in September.
The virus was found as a result of a, "massive mosquito surveillance project conducted by the environmental health division at the Kent County Health Department".