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West Nile case year's 1st in state

11 August 2018

West Nile virus is an arthropod-borne virus (arbovirus) spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes.

Dallas County in Texas is the latest community in the US to report West Nile virus cases during 2018.

This follows detection of the virus in mosquito surveillance pools from Cascade, Hill, and Lewis & Clark counties.

Symptoms of West Nile Virus include fever, headache, rash, muscle aches and fatigue. Drain such areas around your home (gutters, pools, tires, buckets, water bowls, etc.).

Dress - Wear loose-fitting, long sleeved shirts and trousers to reduce the amount of exposed skin.

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∫ Remove standing water and water-holding containers from around your home and property.

Most people are infected in OH by the northern house mosquito, Culex pipiens.

Dallas is not alone in reporting West Nile virus cases. According to the CDC, most people infected with EEE do not show illness.

The West Nile Virus is transmitted by mosquitoes and maintained among birds. "When you get a lot of rain it produces a lot of habitat for mosquitoes to reproduce themselves, and when you have a lot of heat they do that more quickly". Mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus are more likely to bite during the evening, night, and early morning. "DEET-containing insect repellents are a really good idea if you're going to be ... outside at all". The virus is life-threatening for the elderly.

Earlier this month, DNREC's Mosquito Control Section found Delaware's first EEE-positive sentinel chicken for 2018 in a station in Sussex County.

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As of Wednesday, North Dakota reported 18 human WNV cases, up 14 cases since July 30.

While health officials note that it is not unusual to find positive samples in the summer and fall, there are a few steps you can take to minimize the risk of West Nile Virus.

The best defense against WNV is bite prevention.

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West Nile case year's 1st in state