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Published: Tue, July 24, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

NC reports first West Nile death of 2018

NC reports first West Nile death of 2018

The San Joaquin County Public Health Services has confirmed that a 51 year old male living in Stockton is the first human diagnosed with West Nile virus (WNV) infection in San Joaquin County this year.

They are the state's first reported West Nile cases of the year.

Mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus have been found in six different locations across New Orleans. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

West Nile virus is carried by birds and transmitted by mosquitoes.

Unfortunately, there are no medications or vaccines to treat West Nile, but people who have had the virus before are considered immune. Only in about one percent of cases does the virus turn deadly. The KDHE said one in five people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms.

Hot weather speeds both virus growth and mosquito development, and serves as an important reminder to residents to defend themselves against West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses.

You can get more information on preventing mosquito bites on the Division of Public Health's website. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and trousers at these times, or consider staying indoors during these hours.

Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning.

Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.

The West Nile Virus has been detected in three counties in Northern Utah. "That's generally when the highest number of human cases is reported".

Use an approved repellent according to its label. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flower pots, old auto tires, rain gutters and pet bowls. 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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