At least seven states have reported that mosquitoes carry a disease that can paralyze humans
Mosquito bites are annoying at best, and at worst they can lead to diseases such as malaria, Zika virus, and West Nile virus. New reports show that at least six states are detecting mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus — and humans have contracted the disease in four of those places.
Arizona, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts and New York have found mosquitoes carrying the potentially paralyzing disease, according to a report from best life.
West Nile virus was also detected in Colorado for the first time this season, according to health and . officials Reporting by Denver ABC 7.
The Colorado Department of Health says mosquitoes are more prevalent this year thanks to warmer weather and increased rainfall.
according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Arizona, Arkansas, Illinois, and Iowa have confirmed cases of infection in humans.
in New York, Inform the officials On July 2, residents said two groups of mosquitoes had tested positive for West Nile virus in Rockland County. No one has been reported to have contracted the disease in New York.
Infected mosquitoes were found in Rockland County and trapped in Orange Town and Clarkstown in the week of June 21.
“This is the typical time of year when we expect West Nile virus activity to spike, and these positive mosquito pools confirm that,” County Health Commissioner Patricia Schnabel Robert said in the statement.
On July 1, Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) The mosquitoes caught in the state were confirmed to be infected with West Nile virus. The mosquito was caught on June 29, and no one has been reported to have contracted the virus, according to Best Life.
“The [first] An infected mosquito is always a signal that it’s time to start taking steps to avoid mosquito bites, said Margaret Cook, acting commissioner for the Department of Public Health.
Mosquito bites and infection with West Nile virus are closely related to each other.
The Department of Public Health reported that in 2020, the year when most activities were limited, suspended or closed, there were eight documented cases of West Nile virus in Massachusetts.
Compared to 2018, 49 cases of West Nile virus were reported, the state’s most infectious year.
“Most mosquitoes do not test positive for pathogenic viruses. However, the bite of a mosquito infected with West Nile virus can cause serious illness and, in some cases, death,” the statement from Rockland County reads.
People 50 years of age or older are more likely to develop serious illness. West Nile virus can lead to “neurological illnesses, and it can also cause mild flu-like illness, including fever, headache, body aches, nausea, and sometimes a rash and swollen lymph nodes,” according to Best Life.
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