CT environmental officials say a hawk that attacked people may have been suffering from neurological issues related to West Nile virus.
Two new cases were reported in Hinds County.
This follows detection of the virus in mosquito surveillance pools from Cascade, Hill, and Lewis & Clark counties.
- When possible, wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts while outside.
Drain or dump standing water weekly. "Potential routes of introduction include importation of infected birds, mosquitoes or [via] human beings".
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Most people are infected in OH by the northern house mosquito, Culex pipiens. Signs of infection in horses include fever (although not always with WNV), anorexia, head pressing, depression or personality change, wobbling or staggering, weakness, blindness, convulsions, muscle spasms in the head and neck, or hind-limb weakness. According to the CDC, most people infected with EEE do not show illness. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Mosquito Control Section has seen an increase of WNV found in wild birds and sentinel chickens. Collibbe says it's possible the health issues were caused by West Nile virus. They urge people to reduce infection risk by using insect repellent, reducing standing water to prevent mosquito breeding and wearing long clothing.
"While the symptoms may not seem threatening in the vast majority of cases, serious impacts to health can occur from being bitten by mosquitoes that carry this virus", McDonnell said.
While a doctor can diagnose a case of West Nile Virus, he or she can't cure someone who has contracted it.
Since 2000, there have been 134 human cases of West Nile virus-associated illnesses and three deaths in the state.
Since the summer of 1999, West Nile virus has quietly spread to most states in the USA. An effective repellent will contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.