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SENTINEL TRIBUNE A g Focus Wednesday, July 28, 2004 Page West Nile virus mosquito popula- tion grows rapidly in western MN State health officials urge prevention measures as Culex tarsalis mosquitoes become abundant Mosquito monitoring sites in western MN are detecting large numbers of the Culex tarsalis mosquito, the primary carrier of West Nile virus in MN, state health officials said recently. Residents of western MN currently face a higher risk of West Nile virus and need to be extra-diligent in pro- tecting themselves from the mosquito-borne disease. "The large numbers of Culex tarsalis that are being found remind us that we're heading into the peak time of year for West Nile virus- related illnesses in MN," said Dr. Harry Hull, State Epidemiologist. "We expect to see the counts of these mosquitoes increase in cen- tral MN soon as well." MN Department of Health data from the past two years clearly show that residents of western and central MN, especially the elderly, face the highest risk for West Nile virus illness in the state. "There are simply more Culex tarsalis mosqui- toes in these regions of the state," Hull explained. "However, we also believe that most West Nile illnesses can be prevented with sim- ple protection measures." West Nile virus is usual- ly transmitted through the bite of a mosquito. Most people bitten by infected mosquitoes will fight off the virus without becoming sick, or they will develop the less severe form of the disease. However, infection can sometimes lead to encephali- tis, which is an inflamma- tion of the brain. Ten percent of the West Nile encephalitis cases are fatal. Most encephalitis cases occur in the elderly. Last year, 75 percent of West Nile encephalitis cases in MN were diagnosed in people over 65, including all four deaths. To reduce your risk of being bitten use a good mos- quito repellent, containing no more than 30 percent of the active ingredient DEET, while outside among mos- quitoes. Avoid outdoor activ- ities at dusk or dawn, when mosquitoes are feeding. Wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants if you spend time in an area where mosquitoes are biting. Eliminate possi- ble mosquito-breeding sites on and around property --- including items such as old tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters, cans and anything else that can hole a small amount of water. Change the water in birdbaths and horse troughs at least week- ly. The majority of human West Nile virus cases have occurred in areas of the state where habitat favors the Culex tarsalis mosquito, according to David Neitzel, a mosquito-and tick.borne dis- ease specialist with MDH. "This species seems to prefer more open, agricultural areas, and our sampling indicates that their numbers are growing rapidly toward the expected August peak in western MN." In 2003, of 148 total human cases reported in MN, 118 cases (80 percent) occurred in residents of western or central MN coun- ties. Together, these coun- ties contain just 38 percent of the state's population. In contrast, the metro area had 25 reported cases, but has 54 percent of the state's popula- tion. A map showing the higher risk areas for West Nile virus in MN can be found on the MDH Web site a t http://www.health.state.mn. us/divs/ideuc/diseases/west- nile/statistics.html. A map showing exact case numbers by county and all West Nile virus findings in 2003 can be found there also. While western and cen- tral MN are higher risk areas, West Nile Virus has been found in all but Cook County in MN. "So there is still the potential for West Nile infection to occur in any area of the state," Hull said. '%Ve expect the primary time for possible transmis- sion of the virus to humans to be from now through mid- September, with the peak in August," Neitzel said. 'he mosquitoes that carry West Nile begin their activity in May, but it takes some time for the virus to build among mosquitoes and birds before it is likely to spread to the human population." Symptoms usually show up three to 15 days after being bitten. They can include headache, high fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, tremors, con- vulsions, paralysis and coma. People who are ill should contact their physi- cian. So far in 2004, 182 human cases of West Nile virus infection has been reported nationwide, with four deaths. In MN, 55 birds from 18 counties have tested positive for the virus. A case count map for 2004 can also be found from the West Nile maps and tatistics page on the MDH Web site. No human cases have yet been reported. Cutting hay This farmer was busy recently cutting this field of hay southwest of Revere. The weather has been ly great for all crops lately. Find it fast in the Sentinel Tribun00... 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