State reports 3rd case of West Nile in horse population

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The individual resides in the Town of Babylon. West Nile Virus is a viral disease that affects a horse's neurological system.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 80 percent of the people who become infected don't have symptoms, but some develop flu-like symptoms, which can last for weeks or even months. Symptoms include fever, headache, body and joint aches, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash. "As long as mosquitoes continue to be active, we need to take precautions to protect ourselves from the virus".

Among the recommendations: use insect repellent containing DEET*, spray clothing with repellent containing permethrin, avoid going outside from dusk to dawn when most mosquitoes are active, wear long sleeves and long trousers when nighttime activity is unavoidable, eliminate standing water from flowerpots, clogged gutters, recycle bins, birdbaths, toys, swimming pool and hot tub covers.

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No cases were recorded in 2015 and 2016, but in 2017 the country reported five fatalities.

The Northern Kentucky Health Department said the cases have been confirmed of three human cases since July.

This is the third case of West Nile reported in DE horses in 2018.

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"There is no discernible trend", said Dr. Tomarken.

Health authorities say mosquito-borne viruses have killed four people in Romania this week, bringing the total deaths from West Nile virus to 21.

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.

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