West Nile virus found in mosquitoes on the eastern and western shores of New Orleans | Healthcare / Hospitals
New Orleans has again detected West Nile virus on the east and west banks of the Mississippi River, officials said on Friday.
The virus can be transmitted between birds and mosquitoes, which transmit it to humans. While 80% of people infected with the blood-borne virus have no symptoms, mild symptoms in about 20% of those infected can include fever, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash. .
As temperatures warm, mosquitoes are more likely to breed and spread the virus
Less than 1% of those infected can have serious brain or nervous system problems, as was the case with a human case reported on August 24 in New Orleans. Other symptoms in severe cases may include disorientation or confusion, coma, muscle tremors or twitching, seizures, partial paralysis or muscle weakness, vision loss, and numbness.
The death rate in the less than 1% range of severely infected people is around 10%.
And as climate change pushes temperatures up, viruses carried by mosquitoes are likely to proliferate more quickly, increasing the threat of human infections. The last time authorities detected West Nile virus in New Orleans was on October 1.
Authorities are encouraging people to protect themselves from mosquito bites and to empty all outdoor containers that may contain water, in order to reduce mosquito breeding.
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