West Nile virus found in mosquitoes trapped in Mitchell, health unit says

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Niagara Region PublicHealth has received its first report of West Nile Virus (WNV) in mosquitoes in2018. Of the 26 Dallas County residents infected a year ago, two died from the mosquito-borne illness.

One of the best ways to prevent mosquito breeding and the spread of mosquito-borne viruses is to get rid of standing water around the home and in the yard.

For more information about West Nile Virus, visit aclink.org/publichealth.

Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing.

The West Nile virus program includes larviciding at catch basins. Approximately 80% of persons infected experience no symptoms, but up to 20% of persons can develop a mild illness, called West Nile fever.

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Mosquitoes collected in the town tested positive for West Nile virus recently, and the Vermont Department of Health wants folks to be informed about the potential risks and effects.

It's a reminder that you should take precautions if outdoors, especially around dusk and dawn.

This season, mosquito samples have tested positive for WNV in the cities of Addison, Balch Springs, Coppell, Dallas, Desoto, Garland, Highland Park, Irving, Mesquite, Richardson, Rowlett, and University Park. "DEET-containing insect repellents are a really good idea if you're going to be ... outside at all".

Death from infection with West Nile virus is 10 percent for those diagnosed with severe illness, but is much higher for patients diagnosed with West Nile virus encephalitis and acute flaccid paralysis. The homeowners should make sure that there is no standing areas of water near their properties as well as water fountains, plant containers and pet dishes.

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