West Nile fever confirmed in Kozhikode

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"With record levels of West Nile virus activity in mosquitoes already found, we are at increased risk of disease from a bite of a mosquito", said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.

A woman in Kozhikode district of Kerala is suspected of carrying a West Nile viral (WNV) infection and has been admitted to the Medical College. Less than one percent of infected people develop the neuro-invasive form of the illness.

According to the July 24 report, state officials have reported the virus in humans, mosquitoes, birds and sentinel and veterinary animals in a total of 36 states, including Alabama, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas.

It's the first human case of the virus in Colorado for the 2018 mosquito season.

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People infected with West Nile virus may show no or very mild symptoms. Spraying clothes with repellent will give extra protection - seeing as some mosquitoes bite through clothes. No vaccine has been discovered yet for the infection.

"It doesn't take much for several hundred mosquitoes to be born". Change water in bird baths every three to four days.

Carroll and Helwig recommend people eliminate any artificial containers with standing water on their property, such as buckets, wheelbarrows or toys. "The small pool of water that collects in a single upturned bottle cap is an incubator for as many as 300 mosquito eggs", said Helwig. Other repellents containing picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol are also effective against mosquitoes. Use them according to label instructions. Long trousers and sleeves are also an important way to cut down on possible exposure to mosquitoes.

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