West Nile Virus found in St. Louis County

West Nile virus risk rising in southeast Sask

The person affected was an adult living in the southeastern part of the state.

Williams County Vector Control director Fran Bosch says last Friday, the Department of Health confirmed West Nile in tests Vector Control sent to them each week from both sides of the river in Williams and McKenzie Counties.

DHHS is not releasing more specifics on the case to protect patient confidentiality. The agency issued a warning to residents of the North Shore that the level of West Nile virus activity is moderate and increasing. "We see most cases of West Nile virus from July through November, but you can still enjoy the outdoors by reducing mosquito populations around your home and through proper use of repellents".

West Nile virus is one of several mosquito-borne viruses that can be acquired in North Carolina.

West Nile virus mainly affects birds, but it can be transmitted to humans by mosquitoes that feed off an infected animal and then bite people. About one in five people infected develop other symptoms, including a fever.

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There's a high risk for West Nile virus infections right now in northeast Kansas - as well as much of the rest of the state, the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment warns.

Use an EPA-registered mosquito repellent and apply according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Reduce mosquito breeding by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires and birdbaths at least once a week.

KDHE says there have been more than 600 cases of the most severe form of the virus so far this year and 30 people died between 1999-2017. The FDA recommends insect repellents with DEET or picaridin as an active ingredient, wearing long sleeves and long trousers in areas where mosquitoes are active and staying indoors, keeping window screens closed.

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