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West Nile, EEE Discovered in Wicomico and Worcester Co.

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By Mitra Zolfaghari

SNOW HILL, Md.– The Wicomico and Worcester county health departments have discovered Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile virus in some mosquito pools, it was announced Wednesday.

A mosquito pool in southern Worcester County recently tested positive for EEE. In Wicomico County, the health department there observed one pool that tested positive for West Nile virus, one pool that tested positive for EEE and an additional pool that tested positive for both. The pools were inspected in the areas of the counties that are known to have standing water year-round.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, EEE is rare in humans and only a few cases are reported in the U.S. each year. Signs and symptoms include fever, headache, irritability, restlessness, drowsiness, vomiting, diarrhea, cyanosis, convulsions and coma. There are no medications or vaccines for the EEE virus.

West Nile virus is a serious infection that typically strikes without any symptoms. It is most common during the summer and fall months, with the number of infections peaking in mid-August. Some people experience mild to severe symptoms from a rash, fever and headache to swollen lymph glands. The best ways to reduce your risk of being infected by West Nile virus is to use insect repellent and wear protective clothing while in environments harbored by mosquitoes. Health experts say there are no medications or vaccines for this virus.

In addition, it is essential to get rid of mosquito breeding sites. According to the Wicomico and Worcester county health departments: remove all discarded tires from property, dispose of water-holding containers, change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly, drill holes in tire swings to drain water out, keep children's wading pools empty and on their sides when not in use.

For more tips and information about how to treat and prevent West Nile Virus and EEE, visit http://worcesterhealth.org or http://wicomicohealth.org.




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