West Nile fever confirmed in Kozhikode

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The deadly disease, which can cause serious neurological diseases in humans, was confirmed after samples sent from here tested positive at the National Institute of Virology, Pune. The disease, which has infected more than 150 people in the past six years, is on track to pose an unusually higher than normal risk this year and is widespread throughout the commonwealth, having already been found in 51 Pennsylvania Counties as of August 1, 2018.

The majority of people who develop this type of West Nile virus recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.

West Nile Virus symptoms can appear three to 14 days after an infection.

Empty and clean every place that has or could collect water, even the birth baths, and clear the yard of all items that can collect rainwater to get rid of all standing water.

DRAIN standing water around your house weekly.

Sleep under a mosquito bed net if air conditioned or screened rooms are not available or if you are sleeping outdoors.

There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent West Nile virus infection.

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According to the control districts website, Sacramento County is the leading county in West Nile virus infections. Do not forget to drain water from tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys and puddles.

Be particularly careful at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Officials also say that they have been getting more mosquitoes than usual in traps that are set out around the county.

Dr. Raul Pino, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health, said mosquito-borne illness is a threat to take seriously, especially from now until well into September.

The virus is transmitted to humans through mosquitoes, which acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

Only about 20 percent of people infected with West Nile will notice symptoms, which include headaches, body aches, joint pains and fatigue.

Health Department officials said that the patient had been under treatment since July 13 for fever whose symptoms resembled Japanese Encephalitis.