West Nile Virus detected at Fairchild Air Force Base

West Nile Virus detected at Fairchild Air Force Base

West Nile Virus detected at Fairchild Air Force Base

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 8, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 8 at 6:45 PM

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash.--Air Force leaders said the West Nile Virus was detected in a mosquito caught at Fairchild Air Force Base. The mosquito was caught in a trap at the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Trail on the south side of the base according to AFB leaders.

No human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported.

Members of the 92nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron collected the mosquitoes, which tested positive for West Nile Virus. The mosquito samples were tested and verified by the United States Air Force School of Air Force Medicine.

Tech. Sgt. Mary Anne Viloria, Public Health Flight NCOIC, said the areas on base with standing water will be treated with larvicide to control the mosquito population.

If needed, notification of fogging dates will be announced prior to application, said Viloria.

According to the CDC, only specific mosquito species can transmit WNV so most mosquito bites do not warrant medical evaluation. The chances any person will become severely ill from any one mosquito bite are extremely small.

Eighty percent of patients bitten by WNV-infected mosquitoes will have no symptoms; 20 percent may develop flu-like symptoms such as headache, nausea, vomiting and occasional rash on the chest and back; and less than 1 percent may develop more severe symptoms of meningitis, encephalitis or paralysis. People typically develop symptoms between three and 14 days after the infected mosquito bites them.

People who develop symptoms of severe WNV illness, such as unusually severe headaches or confusion, should seek medical attention immediately. Severe WNV illness usually requires hospitalization.

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