Douglas County reports first confirmed West Nile virus case of 2017

Ebony Scott
August 12, 2017

County health officials received confirmation this week that a Stellar Jay found on July 31 has tested positive for the virus.

West Nile is an illness that can be deadly for people with weakened immune systems, and the elderly, according to the health department. It's important to take precautions.

This is the first positive test of the summer in Hancock County.

"The fact that we have found West Nile in only one area does not mean that it is confined to that ZIP code", says Adam London, Administrative Health Officer with KCHD.

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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.

While most people with the virus will experience mild or no symptoms, some can develop severe symptoms including high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis, according to Tomarken.

There are no confirmed human cases of eastern equine encephalitis virus in Rhode Island.

Cumberland County's Vector Control Office will conduct an ultra-low volume mosquito control spraying on Monday in parts of Carlisle Borough, county officials announced in a news release Friday. Wear gloves and place the dead bird or squirrel in a double plastic bag if you dispose of it yourself. Activities include trapping and identifying mosquitoes, treating neglected swimming pools, and reporting and testing dead birds.

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