ADH reports second West Nile death in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT)- The Arkansas Department of Health has confirmed that a second person in Arkansas has died from the West Nile Virus.

Ed Barham with the health department tells Region 8 News that this brings the state's total of amount of cases to 23 with two deaths. Another person died from the virus on Wednesday.

According to Barham, there are mosquitoes carrying the virus across the state.

Barham says the department wants to re-emphasize the three D's:

  • Don't go out during dusk and dawn
  • Drain standing water
  • Do use insect repellents that contains the active ingredient deet.

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West Nile Virus (WNV) Human Infections Reported to ArboNET, byState, United States, 2012 (as of August 21, 2012)

ADH has released information on how to avoid contracting the virus and what symptoms might occur if you do contract it, which can be seen below:

The best way to prevent West Nile virus disease is to avoid mosquito bites. Do this by practicing the "Three D's."

    • Drain standing water from your yard. Empty standing water in flowerpots, buckets and kiddie pools.
    • Don't go out at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes feed without protective clothing (long sleeves and pants).
    • Do use insect repellents with the active ingredient DEET when you go outdoors.

Approximately one in five people who are infected with West Nile virus will develop symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Less than one percent will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues). About 10 percent of people who develop neurologic infection due to West Nile virus will die. People over 50 years of age and those with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease and organ transplants are at greater risk for serious illness.

There are no medications to treat, or vaccines to prevent, human West Nile virus infection. People with milder illnesses typically recover on their own, although symptoms may last for several weeks. Anyone who has symptoms that cause concern should contact a health care provider.

For more information, visit the ADH website or go to the CDC's website.

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