Authorities and public health officials sent an alert to residents of the Mecklenburg County, in Charlotteafter confirming two cases of West Nile Virus in the last few days.
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How many confirmed cases of West Nile Virus are there in Mecklenburg County?
Thusthe authorities issued the alert to be careful while enjoying the weather, In addition, it will help prevent diseases transmitted by mosquitoes.
The activity of West Nile Virus (WNV) increased in North Carolina in recent days, an affected area is the Mecklenburg County, where there are two confirmed human cases.
Also, there are four confirmed human cases in North Carolina. The increase is concerning, as the state is averaging two WNV cases by the end of August.
“I know this is a great time of year to be outdoors, but we want to make sure the public is careful and protects themselves. When you are outdoors, use mosquito repellant. Take note of any standing water around your home and empty those containers, as they can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Enjoy the weather, but be careful,” said Dr. Raynard Washington, Director of Public Health.
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What are the symptoms of West Nile Virus?
Although most people who become infected with the West Nile virus generally experience no symptoms or have a mild flu-like illness, approximately 20% of Infected people will develop a fever with other symptoms, such as headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and rashes.
On the other hand, In about 1% of infections, WNV causes serious conditions, including encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), meningitis (inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord) and meningoencephalitis (inflammation of the brain and surrounding tissues).
Thus, WNV can lead to death in some cases if not treated early, For this reason, the authorities ask the population to be alert to possible infections.
Finally, the Mecklenburg County Department of Public Health Environmental Health team offers useful information on how to better control mosquitoes in the home.
If you want more information about the West Nile virusyou should write to [email protected] or call 919-855-4840.