EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSNew Study Shows Detection Critical To Stop Spread Of West Nile
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Reported: Jul. 16, 2013 5:24 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 17, 2013 9:48 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A new study shows that detecting infected mosquitoes quickly is critical to stopping the spread of the West Nile virus. West Virginia officials who hunt infected mosquitoes said their surveillance program is on track.
West Nile virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, causes inflammation in the brain. West Nile infects people, birds and horses and their relatives such as donkeys and mules.
While there is a vaccine for equines, there is none for people and birds.
A study in the Journal of American Medical Association shows historic hot spots. Weather patterns and especially finding infected mosquitoes gives public health officials a chance to predict what has been an unpredictable illness. It was focused in Dallas. It had nearly 400 human cases last year. West Virginia had 10 cases in 2012.
West Virginia health officials said their mosquito surveillance program is effective.
Infected mosquitoes have shown up in Cabell, Wood, Harrison, Nicholas, Fayette and Mercer counties, but there have not been people or horse cases so far in 2013.
The state entomologist said getting rid of places mosquitoes breed is a better way to face the problem than spraying. The experts say use insect repellent and wear long sleeves if you know you will be around a lot of mosquitoes.
People over the age of 50 are most at risk.
Fewer than 1 percent of the people infected develop a serious disease, but of those who do, as many as 15 percent die.
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