Another 22 are now receiving treatment in hospital, including 12 in intensive care units, KEELPNO data revealed. The virus is typically transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. The Medical Association of Athens (ISA) in a statement urged authorities to step up preventive measures, noting that sporadic sprays do not solve the problem. Overall, 559 cases of West Nile virus disease in people have been reported to CDC. To date, Nebraska has reported 79 cases with 42 of the cases being neuroinvasive. Rarely, individuals might experience more severe symptoms including high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, and/or encephalitis, which is inflammation of the brain.
The risk of West Nile virus will gradually decrease through September, however a risk of West Nile virus infection will remain until the first hard frost of the season.
WNV was already known to be present in mosquitoes in the region.
Wear proper clothing and repellent if going outdoors in mosquito-prone areas, especially in the early morning and evening in the Washoe County area. Key prevention tips include using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers. Limit outdoor activities during these times.
Mosquito proof your home by removing standing water around your property and ensure screens are free from breaks or rips.
Even though the same mosquitos that infect our horses with the virus can also infect humans "there is no risk that a human can contract West Nile Virus from their horse" Kohr was quick to point out.