Dallas County Reports First West Nile Virus Death Of The Year

Posted August 11, 2018

The first positive detection of West Nile Virus this season has been confirmed by Ada County health officials.

For their part, SC DHEC says the only reported case of West Nile in South Carolina this year has been in the Pee Dee region after a person became sick with the virus.

Drain - Empty any containers holding standing water - buckets, barrels, flower pots, tarps - because they are breeding grounds for virus-carrying mosquitoes.

The disease can be spread to humans and animals. Symptoms, which include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches, may last from a few days to a few weeks.

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There was one human case of West Nile virus in Oxford County in 2017. It can be transmitted to people by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Mosquitos are collected from over 90 test sites across CT to test for viruses including West Nile, Zika and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Dress: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside. The Agency of Agriculture identifies locations, sets up the traps and takes samples, and the Department of Health conducts the testing and prepares the prevention awareness programs.

DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you're outside, use insect repellents that contain DEET or other EPA approved repellents and follow instructions.

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Pavlovich said that people take measures to reduce the exposure to the mosquitoes in order to protect themselves from the virus and other mosquito borne diseases.

But about 1 percent of people, many over 60, can get a serious illness as a result, including encephalitis and meningitis, said Kwit.

Live chickens were placed in many locations throughout Kenner by Mosquito Control in order to carry out regular tests for the West Nile Virus.

Also, if you have areas on your property where standing water is an issue, you may treat standing water around homes with larvicide briquettes that can be purchased at some retailers.

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