Juneau County bird tests positive for West Nile virus

Evrard Martin
Juin 16, 2017

Tippecanoe County health officials report that the first case of West Nile virus as been found in a batch of mosquitoes in the county this summer. This is the first confirmation of WNV in the county this year.

Kightlinger said South Dakota has a disproportionately high number of West Nile virus cases.

WNV can spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people who get the virus do not get sick, and fewer than one percent who get the virus get seriously ill, according to the news release. Symptoms often include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash. It can even lead to death.

"Finding this bird means residents need to step up their efforts to prevent mosquito bites", said Public Health Director Janel Heinrich.

"The positive bird means that residents of Juneau County need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites", Barb Theis, Health Officer said.

Stagnant water left behind from the heavy winter rains make good breeding grounds for mosquitoes, so it is important to eliminate any sources of pooling or collecting water around homes. State health officials found the virus on June 1. Carefully follow instructions on the product label, especially for children.

WNV does not usually affect domestic animals, including dogs and cats, but it can cause severe illness in horses and certain species of birds. People are advised to vaccinate their horses annually.

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