NC reports first West Nile death of 2018

West Nile virus risk rising in southeast Sask

West Nile virus risk rising in southeast Sask. CJME News

The state Department of Health and Human Services announced the death on Friday as a warning to others to protect from mosquito-borne illnesses.

West Nile virus made its first appearance of the summer in San Diego County this week when a batch of mosquitoes trapped in Santee tested positive for the viral infection, county officials announced Wednesday.

"Halton is committed to being safe and healthy and reducing West Nile virus in our communities through both education and preventative programs like larviciding", explained Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region's Medical Officer of Health, in a media release.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people who become infected with West Nile virus experience no symptoms or a mild, flu-like illness.

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus have been discovered in St. Louis County. About one in five people infected develop other symptoms, including a fever.

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

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said north-central, south-central, and southwest Kansas at at high risk, while northeast, southeast, and northwest Kansas are at moderate risk for West Nile infections. From 2012-2017, there were 25 reported cases of West Nile virus in the state and seven reported deaths.

Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside, and if possible, use air conditioning.

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. "We can do this by eliminating opportunities for mosquitoes to breed and multiply, and by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites".

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