Suspected West Nile fever case in Kerala’s Kozhikode

Suspected West Nile fever case in Kerala’s Kozhikode

Suspected West Nile fever case in Kerala’s Kozhikode

A warning from the Department of Health and Wellness after mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus were found in three Louisville zip codes.

Spraying for mosquitoes will be done again in Worcester after another batch of the pesky insects tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Two suspected cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection were reported from the limits of Kozhikode corporation. District Medical officer Dr V Jayashree said that the test result of 24-year-old received from Pune-based National Institute of Virology lab said that the case is "primarily confirmed" case of WNV and there is a chance for fault positive case.

The virus can cause a variety of symptoms in humans, including headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea and rash, although most infected people (about 80 percent) do not develop any symptoms, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Some severe symptoms are common in old adults or persons with a weak immune system. "By eliminating places for mosquitoes to lay eggs, using insect repellent and other protective measures, and targeted use of pesticides, we can all make sure Pennsylvanians are protected". Always use according to label instructions.

Previous year there was one non-deadly human case in the Louisville area.

To combat the risk of infection, residents are advised to use mosquito repellent, wear long trousers and sleeves to cover exposed skin, and avoid areas where mosquitoes congregate.

More information on the state's mosquito testing can be found here.

The CDC recommends using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and trousers to help avoid contact with mosquitoes which could be carrying the virus. Wear proper clothing and repellent if outside during these times.

Officials also encourage residents to get rid of standing water, which is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Neurological effects of West Nile Virus may be permanent, and the infection can be fatal in certain cases.

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