Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Local News

August 19, 2013

West Nile found in Goshen

Elkhart County has a confirmed presence of the West Nile Virus and it's in Goshen.

Staff of the Environmental Health Services Division of the Elkhart County Health Department found the virus in a mosquito pool collected in Goshen Aug. 1.

"This has been expected since all of our surrounding counties have had mosquitoes that tested positive for WNV," health officials said. "This is the time of year when the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases to humans is more likely and individuals should wear repellant and/or long sleeves and long pants if out at dawn or dusk."

To better control the mosquito population, people should empty outdoor containers that have collected water -- a potential mosquito breeding site. These could include flower pots, kiddy pools or blocked rain gutters.

Though most people have no symptoms of WNV, aobut 20 percent of those with the virus develop a mild infection known as West Nile fever. The symptoms include: fever, headache, body aches, fatigue and occasionally skin rash, swollen lymph gland and eye pain.

Less than 1 percent of infected people have a more serious neurological infection. This infection may cause inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) or of the brain and surround membranes (miningeoncephalitis). Serious infection may also include infection and inflammation of the spinal cord and acute flaccid paralysis -- a sudden weakness in the arms, legs or breathing muscles.

Signs and symptoms include: high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, diorientation or confusion, stupor or coma, tremors or muscle jerking, lack of coordination, convulsions, pain and/or partial paralysis or sudden weakness.

Signs and symptoms of WNV fever usually last for a few days, but signs and symptoms of encephalitis or meningitis can linger for weeks. Certain neurological effects, including muscle weakness, may be permanent.

Mild symptoms of West Nile fever usually resolve on their own. Those who experience signs or symptoms of a serious infection, including severe headaches, a stiff neck or an altered mental state, should seek medial attention right away.

A serious WNV infection general requires hospitalization.

1
Text Only
Local News
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

Yes, I work at eating healthy and exercising
No, I am happy with my fitness level
Changing my diet and exercise frequency is a work in progress
     View Results
AP Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands