Douglas County reports first confirmed West Nile virus case of 2017


Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) and Douglas County Mosquito Abatement (DCMA) are reporting the first human case of West Nile virus in the Carson City-Douglas County area for 2017. The human case is not related to this collection. The human cases were all among adults who experienced mild symptoms and did not require hospitalization.

The positive sample was found in a pool of mosquitoes tested by the Kent County Health Department in the Grand Rapids zip code of 49507, according to a news release from the department.

"With the hot conditions experienced in July we see mosquitoes carrying WNV emerge", said DPHHS Director Sheila Hogan.

The first human case of West Nile virus was discovered, health department officials said. The individual confirmed to have West Nile Virus had the more serious form of the illness, which can impact the brain and surrounding tissues. The symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent.

The health department says it has been testing mosquitoes in traps placed throughout the county since June.

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DPHHS says the reported cases are a reminder of the precautions people should take to protect themselves.

Wear shoes and socks, long trousers and long-sleeved shirts when mosquitoes are active.

When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long trousers, and socks when outdoors.

Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Products containing picaridin and permethrin have also been found to be effective in repelling mosquitoes, as has oil of lemon eucalyptus. Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out containers that hold water, such as vases, pet water bowls, flowerpot saucers, discarded tires, buckets, pool covers, birdbaths, trash cans and rain barrels.