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Local Mosquitoes Test Positive For West Nile Virus

Local Mosquitoes Test Positive For West Nile Virus

Denton County Public Health said the person who came down with it lives in Little Elm.

The first confirmed case of West Nile Virus this year has been reported in Ida County in northwest Iowa.

Last year, IDPH reported 155 human cases of West Nile virus, including six deaths, although human cases are underreported.

WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Symptoms of West Nile fever - a mild form of the illness - include fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash.

The province said one person tested positive last week for West Nile virus.

The types of mosquitoes that can carry these viruses are most active throughout the evening and night, from dusk until dawn.

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The virus, which is spread to humans through a mosquito bite, can lead to serious complications in some cases.

With West Nile virus present in some mosquitoes locally, the NOMTCB is urging residents to protect themselves with EPA-approved repellents and by emptying water-filled containers.

An east Pierce County man has recovered after he contracted West Nile Virus during a recent trip to California.

People over the age of 50 and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk of the severe fever. DEET-free products (such as those containing icardin, p-menthane-3, 8-diol /lemon-eucalyptus oil, or soybean oil) are also available, but may not provide as long-lasting protection.

Eliminate all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, such as old tires, buckets and other receptacles, or refresh the water in bird baths, flowerpots and wading pools every few days.

Change water weekly in containers that can not be removed, such as pet dishes or bird baths.

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