Romania registers 16 cases of West Nile virus infection in four months

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While these are the first confirmed human cases there are 148 birds that have tested positive for West Nile in 44 or Michigan's 83 counties.

Checking doors and window screens for holes and gaps, wearing long trousers and long-sleeved shirts, and using mosquito repellent can help prevent against bites as well, they said. Less than 1 percent of people who are infected will develop a serious neurological illness such as encephalitis or meningitis, which is inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues.

"While most people infected with West Nile Virus show no symptoms of the illness and pass it on their own, even healthy people have become severely ill for weeks when infected", Grow said.

CPH officials say their first human case of West Nile does not mean the virus is present in St. Lawrence County. The pools are then tested in labs, and if they test positive, Hougaard said his crews go and spray those areas. "However, late summer and early fall is the time when the risk of acquiring West Nile virus from a bite actually increases".

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Most people - 70-80 percent - who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms. However, some people do develop febrile illness, which can produce fever, headaches, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash.

Apply an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol to clothes and exposed skin.

Mosquito proof your home by removing standing water around your property and ensure screens are free from breaks or rips. Otherwise, take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing.

Discard old tires, bottles, pots, broken appliances and other items not being used. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently. If you're out and about - especially in wooded areas or the mountains - it's important to wear long sleeves, long trousers and bug spray to stay safe.

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