More people could have been infected with a less serious form of the illness and not realized or reported it, district spokeswoman Jennifer Sizemore said.
West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected in Worcester, according to the Massachusetts Department of Health. "And the risks of being bitten increase people's chances of having that bite and that mosquito transmit West Nile virus". Additionally, she said, Albertans should be using an approved insect repellent containing DEET or Icaridin and could consider limiting the time they spend outside.
"It's something that you can't see, you know, and then you get it", Ray said.
According to Kennedy, following these suggestions will make Albertans less visible to the pests - and, she said, "if mosquitoes can't find you, they can't bite you". About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms.
West Nile virus has been detected in CT for the first time this year. "It seems to me in Coaldale in this case they did not understand fully, and it turned into a major calamity there".
Severe symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, vision loss and paralysis. "But it's hard to say whether that's because people are taking appropriate precautions from being bitten by mosquitoes, or if there's just less virus circulating in the mosquito population this year". Three new cases were identified today, officials said.
Philip Armstrong, a medical entomologist with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, says West Nile is typically detected in mosquitoes from late-June to mid-July so this year's detection is later than usual.
These are all good steps to take, Sherman says, but the biggest thing he would communicate to all parties in this case is to give more care and thought in the future to those most vulnerable in their community in their decision-making; so those vulnerable individuals never have to suffer what he saw his wife suffer through in the final weeks of her life.