Mosquitoes that can carry West Nile test positive for St. Louis Encephalitis in Fresno

From The Fresno Bee
July 5, 2018

Mosquitoes trapped in Fresno have tested positive for St. Louis Encephalitis.

Fresno County health officials said Thursday the infected mosquitoes were in the areas of East Floradora Avenue and Highway 41, plus Shields and Van Ness avenues.

The Culex mosquitoes that carry St. Louis Encephalitis are also capable of infecting people with West Nile virus. There is no vaccine for humans who are infected with either virus.

Most people infected with West Nile and Saint Louis Encephalitis have no symptoms, however, the viruses can affect the central nervous system. One in five people may develop a fever along with other symptoms, and severe neurological effects can occur and may be permanent. The infections can be fatal..

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