Human case of West Nile virus confirmed in Tennessee | Lexington Herald Leader

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"But through a very aggressive trapping and monitoring program we're seeing higher numbers of West Nile virus infected mosquito pools".

The first human case of West Nile Virus in the province this year has been found in a child.

West Nile activity as of the beginning of Aug. 2018
West Nile activity as of the beginning of Aug. 2018

Health department officials in Fairfax said the adult resident who contracted the disease lives in the northeastern part of the county. Officials did not release any details as to the person's sex or age.

In Fairfax County, you can request the health department conduct a mosquito inspection of your yard by calling (703) 246-8931.

However, the season isn't over yet, and the number of "vector" mosquitoes is increasing as the summer moves on, he said. There were no reported cases of West Nile in the county a year ago. In Virginia, there were 13, and in the District, there were four.

The infection can even affect the central nervous system and last for months or years. Symptoms can include muscle aches, headache and fever. Severe cases can lead to more serious illnesses, such as encephalitis and paralysis, and in some cases it can be fatal. Most people infected show no symptoms, but approximately one in five will develop a fever along with other symptoms. Eight out of 10 people will never experience any symptoms.

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.