A new study suggests that the death toll from the mosquito, responsible for the West Nile virus, might be much greater than previously thought, because its effects may often kill people months or years after infection.
Half of the deaths were registered in Bucharest, with the other three being reported in Buzau, Braila, and Olt.
The West Nile Virus, a disease that's been in Utah since 2003, has been found in 74 mosquito pools across the state as of August 5 - with 48 of the pools in the Salt Lake Valley. Most people who become infected with West Nile do not develop any symptoms.
Most people who become infected with WNV will not develop any symptoms of illness. He said people should stay inside when mosquitos are most active, around dusk or dawn, but if a person must go outside, he or she should wear long sleeves and long trousers with repellant.
"The virus is here, and (historically) we know that WNv-carrying mosquitoes will be around well into the fall, " said Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health with the EOHU. However, DSHS emphasizes that personal protection is still the best defense against mosquito bites.
When people do show symptoms, they can mimic those of flu or what people call "stomach flu", Dr. Soule noted. However, a small number of individuals can develop a more severe form of the disease with encephalitis or meningitis and other neurological syndromes, including flaccid muscle paralysis. Apply repellents only to exposed skin and/or clothing. West Nile fever is a less serious form of the illness, although the symptoms can last a long time, according to health officials.
Wear clothing that reduces the risk of skin exposure to mosquito bites (i.e., long trousers and long-sleeved shirts). If you have standing water, get rid of it.
Re-apply mosquito repellent as often as needed to prevent mosquito landings and bites.
Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flower pots, old vehicle tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.