CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Kanawha County health officials say two children have been diagnosed with a mosquito-borne illness.
Kanawha-Charleston health director Dr. Rahul Gupta says the children under age 15 contracted La Crosse encephalitis and were hospitalized.
Gupta says the virus has been detected from mosquitoes collected in several counties, including a site in eastern Kanawha County.
He says the virus is rarely fatal. Most people don’t get sick and others may develop symptoms including headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness and confusion. In severe cases, inflammation of the brain can occur and victims can have seizures or go into comas.
Health officials suggest removing outdoor containers that collect water near homes where mosquitoes can lay eggs, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and securing doors and screens so that insects can’t get indoors.